It’s the beginning of the school year, the budget is tight and you are on a mission to add engaging materials to your classroom. Where do you start and how do you accomplish this without going over budget?

First, realize that businesses don’t mind donating to teachers. I’m not sure if it’s sympathy for our profession or just a chance to get rid of things they consider “junk.” As teachers, our creativit...

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...

“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...

In my previous blog post, I introduced the topic of center management.  In this post, I will continue the discussion of centers.  

When developing a center the first step is to determine its objective.  In other words, what will the students gain from visiting this center?  Will the children review a previously learned concept, will it be an opportunity to interact with new tools/materials th...

With the winter break ending and the children returning to school, now is an opportune time to reflect on what took place during the fall semester. When looking back, if you are pleased with how things went, then just a review of the expectations and procedures is needed. If, on the other hand, you are not satisfied with the structures and behaviors during the first half of the year, think of this as...

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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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