11.14.2016

Have you ever been pondering a situation or problem for days and then when you finally stop to talk with someone about it, you solve the dilemma midway or as soon as you finish speaking? Do you know why that was? As mentioned in my last post, talking is thinking. And this is why we want talking classrooms. 

Let me explain why this occurrence hasn’t just been a coincidence in your life to begin wit...

I was that student who sat on pins and needles each six weeks on report card day waiting to see if I got the dreaded “N” – “Needs Improvement” in controlling talking. Back then, not only would that get me in trouble at home for being in trouble at school, but the implication was that I was not listening and learning as I should have.  Maya Angelou has a popular quote, “If you know better, you do bette...

As a teacher, we hear years and years of:  “Oh, where do you teach? What grade do you teach?”  We instantly have a quick vision of our school’s name or the building we walk into every day and of little faces from past or present as we answer these very popular questions about our lives.  I want to invite you today to look at this question a little differently.  Where do you teach? Let’s narrow in and...

It’s official!!! The back to school supplies and signage is up at all of our favorite stores, and that certain energy and vibe is awakening in children, parents, and educators.  Summer is coming to an end, and the return of routines, alarm clocks, and getting organized are marching steadily toward us. We begin making choices to either face it head on and get started or by trying to retreat and avoid i...

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ~ Albert Einstein

Teachers are master connectors.  We connect ideas, concepts, assessments, experiences, books, materials, to name a few.  Most important of all, teachers connect with people.   Curiosity is one of the great, instant connectors that often comes disguised as an inconvenience.  Case in point, this photo shows Einstein's office o...

What we see isn’t always what we get.  To reach our ultimate goals for our students, we may need to be looking at something else. 

If you talk to an airplane pilot, they will tell you that when you fly at night you don’t want to stare directly at the instruments in the cockpit.  You need to look at them off to the side to see them more clearly.  I really have no idea how our eyes and brain work th...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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