How to raise a happy child

Friday morning, Julia and I wake up on a sunny yet chilly day, since it’s winter time down here. We begin going about our business, me making coffee and Julia drawing on her green rubber play mat. We’re listening to some delightfully inspiring music by my new favorite band. I finished doing the little bit of dishes which had been left dirty from the day before. I got my cup of coffee ready. I turn around to observe what Julia was doing. I grabbed my phone and began taking pictures. She was busily playing with some colored patches of fabric from a toy she has, spreading them out, piling them up, folding them up into one single colorful roll of cloth, and starting all over again. At that instant, I heightened my senses to observe the ambiance in which this was happening. There was beautiful music playing, mom taking coffee, and no TV background noise. Julia was experimenting with free play, letting her imagination fly. I thought to myself how wonderful it is to allow free play to happen.

As I was taking some more pictures of her, I realized that there might be a Make on the make. I decided to put together a Flipagram, starting out with those photos of that Friday morning, and using a whole bunch of other photos I had in my camera roll, something I’d been meaning to do since I stumbled upon Flipagram. So as Julia played freely with her little unusual toys, I played with mine, my Iphone. I wasn’t sure what the name of that Make might be. I waited until it was ready to decide, like I so often do with my blog posts. I chose a beautiful song by brazilian singer/songwriter Caetano Veloso to be the soundtrack of my Make. It suited it perfectly.

Once I was finished, I watched it a couple of times, and a few times more. I felt a warmth in my heart and soul. I showed it to Julia. She asked to watch it again and again. Only then did I realize that this little Make of ours, Julia’s and mine, was a snapshot of our lives, mother and daughter, living together, finding happiness together every day in the little things, moment by moment. I felt somewhat proud of myself as a mom. Kind of like I was actually succeeding at propitiating the elements of a happy childhood to my beloved little girl. That’s how the title of my Make and this blog post came to be. It is not my intention, though, to sound as if we don’t have bad days, or face difficulties. Parenting is no easy thing. Yet, it is mornings like that one that may give us a real measure of how truly happy we are.

The following poster goes together with the Flipagram. I dedicate this Make / post to my beloved daughter, Julia, who makes me a better person every single day.

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Da Aprendizagem Significativa

Para que a aprendizagem seja de natureza significativa, ela precisa ter pelo menos uma das seguintes características: possuir uma forte carga emocional, resultar de repetidas exposições ao objeto de conhecimento e ter o foco no sentido do objeto do conhecimento. Ou seja, o foco está no entendimento do objeto, buscando fazer sentido dele ao buscar conexões entre suas características e informações ou experiências que já possuímos. Isso é fazer sentido do objeto do conhecimento. Dialogar com ele a partir de uma perspectiva própria, a partir de suas experiências e conhecimento já existente. O foco está no processo, e não no resultado, como é o caso de quando estudamos para ter bom desempenho em uma prova, por exemplo. 

Retomo a reflexão proposta por Jorge Larrosa (2002), em que ele propões o par experiência/sentido como uma forma de pensar o aprender. O aprendizado significativo se materializa além da mera recepção de informação e imediata emissão de uma opinião sobre essa informação recebida. Com efeito, Larrosa critica essa postura imediatista e até reducionista do ato de aprender, dizendo que hoje em dia, dado o volume de informação que nos bombardeia todos os dias, desenvolvemos uma espécie de postura parecida com a de um autômato, que assimila e reage à informação recebida de maneira muito rápida, sintética e individualizada, ou isolada dos outros. Larrosa nos fala da importância do se permitir a experiência do conhecimento, experiência essa que prescinde de tempo, de paciência, de abertura e de uma certa passividade, no sentido de que é preciso sentir e observar o que determinado conhecimento faz conosco, ou que experiência ele nos propicia. 

Maturana e Varela (1984) argumentariam que a aprendizagem significativa seria análoga ao processo em que o ser vivo internaliza elementos de seu meio-ambiente, tornando-os parte de si mesmo, metabolizando a informação/conhecimento de maneira a transformar sua própria estrutura. É uma forma de apropriação do conhecimento, em que ele se torna parte de nossa estrutura, garantindo assim a auto-reprodução/renivação/reorganização de nossa estrutura. É por isso que aprender é manter-se vivo, segundo a visão da autopoiese. 

I Don’t Get to Choose by Carolyn Durley

On a beautiful sunny sunday morning, I read this amazing blog post by dear Carolyn Durley. Have a feeling it will be like a sweet, delicate perfume which will linger on for a good while.
Exquisite piece. Definitely worth your time.

A Fine Balance


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I used to think it was like a game of pool; just focus on the ball and if I set the shot up right, the ball will fall successfully into the pocket.  As long as I focused on the desired point of impact…success!

Except I found out, it’s not like that at all. I found out in fact…that I don’t get to choose who I impact and how.
And I am not talking about Hattie’s influence “Teacher know your impact.” I am not suggesting you would avoid trying to impact your students in the learning sense. It’s just learning takes years and years to accumulate and manifest.

I am not talking about impact as in getting the person to vote for a certain political party or in buying you Christmas gifts or behaving in a desired manner. No the impact I am thinking of is a little…

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