Getting on the (right) bus

By // January 9, 2017

This post was written by guest blogger–and LightHouse teacher–Amelia Sawyer. Over winter break, as I reconnected with family and friends who I see less regularly, I found myself telling everyone who’d listen how much I love teaching at LightHouse. While we sat around, eating and watching snow fall and eating some more, I’d describe this special place’s warm, open environment, … Read More

Mindfulness

mindfulness class at lighthouse

By // November 20, 2016

I’m leading a Mindfulness class this block, though certainly I’m no Zen master. I say leading rather than “teaching,” because in truth I’m taking the course along with the students. I’m more of a curator/facilitator than teacher. Luckily, the world and the internet are full of resources for learning mindful practices. I am getting so much out of this experience, … Read More

Authenticity and Opportunity

By // October 18, 2016

One of my very favorite things about teaching at LightHouse is the organic nature of how our classes develop. As a teacher, I enter the classroom with a set of goals in mind, but really the class curriculum is best developed in an emergent fashion. That is to say that I derive the content of the class from the interests and … Read More

The power of an emotional education

By // January 6, 2016

How many of us have the chance to learn social and emotional skills as a part of our school experience? The reality is that very few of us ever have such an opportunity through formal education. But why? We put so much emphasis on learning academic skills, but why don’t we give the same importance to learning how to manage … Read More