Applying Minimalism to the Classroom

The topic of minimalism has been popping up all around me the past few weeks.  I have listened to people talking about applying this concept to their homes, lifestyles, and businesses.  I have heard the dramatic impact this movement has had on people, allowing them to get rid of clutter and bring in more of what is important in their lives.  According to the website, The Minimalists (www.theminimalists.com), “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so...

Book Review: The Classroom of Choice

Community building, empowering students, having fun and learning how to cooperate are not pivotal new ideas in the realm of classroom management and education.  However, there was something about Jonathan Erwin’s The Classroom of Choice, Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want that really got my attention when I was introduced to it earlier this year in a graduate class.   The heart of The Classroom of Choice lies in William Glasser’s Choice Theory and its five basic human needs: survival and security, love...