“It’s our intention. Our intention is everything.  Nothing happens on this planet without it.  Not one single thing has ever been accomplished without intention.”  --Jim Carrey

My most productive days begin with the routine of setting an intention. There is something rewarding about identifying a goal for the day and thinking about a plan to achieve that goal.  Beginning the day with intentio...

Wordless picture books are on the list of topics I love this February.  I continue my focus on wordless picture books this month by exploring possibilities for incorporating these books into writing instruction.  Although often overlooked, wordless picture books can be powerful mentors to motivate children to write and to teach the qualities of good writing. 

We can motivate ch...

Looking back, I never really knew how to incorporate wordless picture books into my literacy classroom. I used to think that in order to teach children strategies for reading and understanding a book it had to have words. I admit that I wasn’t quite sure how to make the most of these books during a read aloud back then.  As a result, children had no model of how to approach books without words, and so...

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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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