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Carolyn Avaire

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Drama in School!!

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Tell us a little about yourself.
I am an unlicensed teacher, a parent of a 14 and 8 yr old and I am thrilled to be experiencing education evolving.
Why are you interested in Students Speak Out?
I have always said, "Let's ask the students what they think!" Now we can in a way that is open for all to see. Thank you.

SSO: Why Am I Here?

Since 1985,the year after I became a drop-out, I have been studying the works of various educators, John Holt, A.S.Neill, Myles Horton, Paulo Friere, John Taylor Gatto, Alfie Kohn, Jonathan Kozol, Deborah Meier, Linda Darling-Hammond, Rudolph Steiner and many others in an effort to understand how the path of becoming educated in our society affects children, emotionally, spiritually (for those that regard this dimension) and socially and how this impacts academic success... but most importantly how academic focus,only, impacts the well being of students on their journey.

As the years have passed I have been able to apply the teachings in conversation with adults and in the many, many times I have been engaged with children inside and outside of the classroom. In the classroom I have learned from and guided Pre-k's, K's, two 2nd grade classes, a 6th grade class and two 8th grade classes.

I have been fortunate to be able to experience and learn from a wide variety of educational paths both urban and rural: public schools, of course, private schools, charter schools, Waldorf schools, a Summerhill inspired school, cyber schools, an American Indian school and, the home school/unschooling movement.

My contribution in making a difference for the children of the future is to support the wide variety of educational journeys currently being explored and implemented so that they may come into even greater focus and being to inspire the future of education.

Hobbies and Interests:
My main passions are the study of education and children.

I enjoy living in the woods surrounded by nature but I also enjoy a return home to the cities. For me, it's either "in the sticks" or the "concrete jungle" and nowhere in between!

“If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole loving being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world”
Rudolph Steiner

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Put Your Ladder Back in the Garage and Get out Your Hiking Boots

Take charge, chart your own course, and pack your own gear.

"Life is a steep climb, and it does the heart good to have somebody "call back" and cheerily beckon us on up the high hill.

We are all climbers together, and we must help one another. This mountain climbing is serious business, but glorious.

It takes strength and steady step to find the summits. The outlook widens with the altitude.

If anyone among us has found anything worthwhile, we ought to "call back"."

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Posted on March 7, 2008 at 6:15am —

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At 3:02pm on May 15, 2009, george mayer said…
Hey we're having a great discussion about whether it's good to separate genders in classes or not. Please check it out
At 7:04pm on May 11, 2009, george mayer said…
Hey are you on facebook? there are studies saying it might affect grades, what do you think? we'd love to hear your opinion in the discussion forum! check it out
At 10:21pm on May 5, 2009, george mayer said…
Hey Carolyn, your work seems amazing. Have you been keeping up with SSO? You should check out the forums right now. Some milwaukee students are meeting with city big wigs to discuss their ideas!
At 12:05pm on March 21, 2008, Ashley said…
It wasn't bad, I went up and did the same thing I did last time, winged it. But I think we got threw to some people.
At 11:34pm on March 11, 2008, Brett said…
Hey Carolyn! I am working on the SSO Safety group, and we are focusing on Trust and Bullying in schools. I was curious if you could post some experiences or thoughts about bullying and how we can work to take down the issue in our Minneapolis Public Schools! If you post, you are automatically entered to win a BRAND NEW SONY CAMCORDER! Thank you, and hope to hear from you soon on the School Safety Forum section under groups of the Students Speak Out page!
At 6:48pm on February 26, 2008, Cece Sybrant said…
i like the school i go its just the people there arent so nice.
At 12:51pm on February 24, 2008, Stacy Becker said…
Carolyn, I just wanted to thank you for all of your ahrd work on SSO. It is really making a difference, and I am so thankful to have you as part of the team.
At 3:01pm on February 22, 2008, Kate Towle said…
Hi back, Carolyn! What a pleasant surprise to find you in this dialogue. But I'm not surprised. ;-)
At 11:26am on February 8, 2008, Tyler Armour said…
Thank you, I'm just ready to further my experience with community building, Speaking, and simply creating structure for my future. I feel that this program will help me find focus and put my talents to use for more than just myself...
So how do I become active? I really want to get started with some project or whatever I just want to work.
At 11:56pm on January 23, 2008, Kim FB said…
Check out the SSO Goes Alternative Group! I put up the message from the leaders. Now it's up to you to post your story, as is described on our task list on Basecamp. Would you post your story about #2 -- the family you talked with recently whose student couldn't go to ALC because he wasn't at risk enough?


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