If you are like me, you spend most of the summer planning for the next school year, specifically gathering materials. When I was in the classroom, one type of material that I was always on the lookout for was loose parts. Loose parts are open-ended materials that, as their name implies, can often be parts of other everyday items, such as empty spools. The beauty of loose parts is that you can get them...

Field trips can be great learning opportunities for students. They can serve as the real world example of content that they have been reading about or discussing in class, which can aid in solidifying learning. However, field trips can also be greatly expensive, and there are only so many field trip grants to go around. Yet, the benefits of experiencing learning outside of the classroom, of learning w...

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Audre Lorde

Recognize.  In order for educators to recognize how they and their students differ, as well as how their students differ from each other, work has to be done. Good questionnaires sent home at the beginning of the year can help with this, as well as making it a point to talk...

If someone were to ask, “What do you teach?”, what would your response be? Would you respond with a grade level, a content area or perhaps with students? What’s the difference?

I was recently at a learning session where participants were asked to think about the ways one of their students experiences numbers and quantity in their classroom. Some responses included noticing empty seats when other studen...

All of the teachers I know are givers. We give time, energy, money and whatever else we have to our students. We read about the latest curriculum trends, work on assessments at night and on the weekends and spend our free time thinking about how we could have explained something differently. People who are not teachers (except for those with a very close relationship to one) do not realize that teache...

Take a moment to think of your earliest memory, the first thing that happened in your life that you can remember. I do not know you, but I already know something significant about that memory. It was emotionally charged in some way. It was a memory filled with bliss or deep sorrow. It may be terrifying or you may have been furious. I know this because I know about the brain and memory. Our brain store...

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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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