Children encompass unlimited potential and capability. Students thrive in nurturing environments where they are presented with opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and social emotional development. However, without a nurturing environment,  children will miss opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and social emotional development. Here are a few ways to support authenticity wit...

With the holiday season wrapping up, there are many items that made each child's wish list. However, books are a valuable gift that can enrich a child's life year round. Books can also provide several learning opportunities to support early literacy such as language development, print awareness, and increased vocabulary. 

According to NAEYC, "Children who have lots of experiences with bo...

If you add up the number of hours children spend  in the classroom over the course of a year, you will see that this environment is a predominate location for children. To support the social emotional growth and identity of children, it is important to have their values reflected in the learning environment.  The following are ways to support and promote student values and build a caring community wit...

Reflect on a space in your home that brings you peace and comfort. What defining characteristics of this space make it a serine and welcoming environmen? My go-to space in my home is my living room. There are hints of color, natural light, family pictures, and yummy scents that add a level of security and calm.

Educators and children spend a significant amount of time in the school environment. Ad...

Think back to your childhood. What was your favorite memory or experience about science? What sparked your interest? How were these experiences created?

One of my favorite childhood memories about science was watching The Magic School Bus. I wish I had a  teacher as cool as Ms. Frizzle to make science fun.  Although Ms. Frizzle is a character from the cartoon The Magic School Bus, there are...

Children bring their environment and personal experiences into the classroom every day. Experiences such as shopping at a grocery store, waiting for a VIA bus, or walking down the street  may seem to be a simple task. Nevertheless,  these experiences  help build upon prior knowledge, schema, language, and vocabulary development.

Here are four ways to use the environment as a teaching tool for...

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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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