Have you ever stopped to consider what a simple blank piece of paper can mean to a child? This sometimes meaningless item to us as adults is an exciting invitation for a child to be able to share a work of art and communicate a meaningful story with whomever will listen.

As a former upper grade teacher, I never really thought about the power behind a simple blank sheet, but as I began my journey in wor...

July is a month of vacation; late night runs to an ice cream parlor, sleeping in and garage sales. The last thing on our minds is setting up our centers or interest areas. Yet, as a teacher our summer vacation is not a vacation from our teacher mindset. We are always in teacher mode and without a doubt, when we go out to garage sales or resale stores we tend to, without planning, think about what knic...

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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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