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Symphony: Teach to the whole child

By Jon Sievert

Education is everyone’s concern because the future depends on what the young will do. Retired teacher Frank Thoms recognizes that, for the most part, our generation has had its turn. We now need to encourage schools to teach children to become full-symphony human beings so they can serve the planet well. He will discuss his philosophy in a talk titled “Symphony: Teach to the Whole Child” at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.

Unitarian Universalists service
“Symphony: Teach to the Whole Child”
By Frank Thoms
Sun, Jul 20, 10:30am
Hotel Posada de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

After nearly 40 years teaching mostly middle school students in the US, England and Russia and another 12 years teaching teachers, Thoms has devoted himself to writing and self-published his first book in 2010, Teaching From the Middle of the Room: Inviting Students to Learn (Stetson Press).

His second book, Teaching That Matters: Engaging Minds, Improving Schools, will be published by Rowan & Littlefield this fall. He writes, he says, because he believes that principals and teachers must do all they can to make schools dynamic and exciting for students. The world needs people with curious, creative minds who desire to make the planet a better place.

Frank and his wife, Kathleen Cammarata, became residents of San Miguel in January 2012. Together, they founded Transformations, a weekly discussion group that meets at the LifePath Center. The idea for this group was conceived in their years at First Unitarian in Worcester, Massachusetts. In addition to his time as writer, Frank is a mentor for Jóvenes Adelante.

Unitarian Universalists value the individual spiritual journey and practice a faith of deeds. Our presentations emphasize the values of community, spirituality, and social justice. The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. For additional information, visit

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