In a conversation about picture books, I was asked how you know if a picture book is of good quality.  I didn’t quite know how to respond to this question.  In my mind I thought, “Well, you just know if a book is a great book or not,” but I couldn’t say that.  Instead, I said that you should look for books that grab your attention, that make you want to read them again and again, and that have words o...

A new year allows all of us to reflect on goals and ideals that matter in our personal lives and professional work. Last year was packed full of events that often highlighted societal differences. Children are influenced by how differences and unfairness are addressed. As educators, we must also be attuned to how we handle the situations and conversations that children have in regards to differences....

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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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