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3 Reusable Student-Focused Classroom...

As a teacher, I’m always looking for structures I can use in my class that are reusable--activities that can be used for multiple units. Here are a few of my favorites.

  1. Index card swap: I give each student an index card at the beginning of class. I give them time to write down one question for class discussion. I ask them to make sure the question is one that fosters discussion, has...

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Early Childhood High Quality Learning...

There are many types of early childhood environments. Think about the environments you have been in or built.  As we plan for 2018, what can you do to make your environment better? All children deserve to learn and engage in a clean, safe and enjoyable area where they feel valued, engaged, appreciated and successful.

As a teacher, I tried to change my classroom at the beginning of each year, and sometimes during the year.  When I would...

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Differentiation Can Work…If We Train...

In recent years, educational experts have debated the concept of differentiation—that is varying/altering curriculum, content, and teaching methods to meet the individualized needs of students.

Let me join this conversation by saying that first, I believe differentiation can work to various degrees but requires much training and knowledge. Like education, it is inherently flawed and poses many challenges. I agree with Dr. Jim Delisle when he points out the incredible challenge of...

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Famous Games from Ancient Greece are...

INTERESTING FACTS  ABOUT THE FAMOUS GAMES of ANCIENT GREECE!

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5 Ideas to Reflect on for the New Year

When you think of an Early Childhood Classroom, what do you see?  Do you see bright colors?  Welcoming faces, smiles, bulletin boards that are decorated with fun themes?  There are so many things that young children need to learn and develop in a successful way.  Early Childhood teachers can do this and help children become productive citizens. 

Here are few things to think about or revisit as you begin the New Year:

  • The Environment: Your environment is your...

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Visual and Creative Thinking

 An Invitation-

Have you ever had so many creative ideas, some that worked and some that are still pending? Have you ever felt like your creativity was overwhelming, others would never understand...

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“Inner Calm” for the Classroom and...

Teaching is a very stressful profession. I have personally experienced the demands of being a teacher and observed colleagues also deal with the stressors of the job, ranging from high-stakes testing, demanding parents, increased paperwork, disrespectful students, increased diversity and differentiated learning needs, and lack of creativity and autonomy.

As a teacher educator, who works with student teachers, I believe that serving in a practicum setting where student teachers gain...

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The Global Search for Education: Top...

During the past year, we’ve discussed and debated the pros and cons of using technology in the learning journey. Whether we like it or not, kids are growing up in a technological environment, and knowing how to make the best use of good tech is a critical part of preparing them for their future lives. Important 21st century skills such as...

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I believe that words, communication, literature and the arts, can promote peace, tolerance and harmony, and bring about a change.” — Ada Aharoni

The biggest challenge for humanity in the years ahead just might be coming to grips with the idea that we are all in this together – we are living in a world that’s...

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A New Year’s Resolution: Include Gifted...

During 2018, why not resolve to reach all learners in the classroom, despite where they fall in terms of academic ability?

Included in that resolution might be the goal to further challenge gifted students—a promise to help them learn something new everyday day, to provide enrichment and opportunities to develop their abilities, and not simply ask them to do more work or tutor classmates.

If you’re already challenging the gifted, I congratulate you! But you still might find...

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