Ben Talsma

78 results.

weird
November 23, 2022 Keep Kids Weird

Weirdness is one of our most precious resources; it’s weirdness, by definition, that drives all creativity and innovation. Too often, however, our educational…

October 5, 2022 Think Wiser

"Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" —T.S. Eliot, The…

galaxy
September 21, 2022 Thinking Outside the Walls

It’s important, every once in a while, to let your ideas fly. You get them from time to time — your…

slinky
September 7, 2022 Growth is a Tangled Slinky

September is a contradiction; the summer wanes and the leaves begin to turn. The grass, at least in my yard, grows more slowly…

play
July 22, 2022 The Power of Play

When you watch a student play — when you watch anyone play, really — you can practically see their brain grow. Their eyes come alive,…

July 11, 2022 Inviting Students to Meaningful PBL

Last week, I helped facilitate a Zoom call between a group of elementary students and the Florida nonprofit, Keepers of the Springs. The interview…

June 1, 2022 The Homework Conundrum

The first day of June, when the weather is warming up, might seem like an odd time to write about homework — but…

May 18, 2022 Ending the School Year with SEL

The azaleas are in bloom right now; they will last for two more weeks. They’re wonderful flowers: big and bright and…