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...

A couple of summers ago, I read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. One thing that I really took to heart was that everything in your home should bring you joy. As I worked on implementing Kondo’s strategies for organizing and keeping clutter at bay, I decided to start in my closet. I took everything out of my closet, every si...

Last week, I came to the realization that I have not been practicing “Extend Learning” with my own kids like I should. Here it goes…my teenage son came to me with a cooking question. He was obviously ready to learn and I completely missed the boat. I got up and proceeded to do the cooking for him. I was in the middle of cooking, when I stopped, looked over at him while he was doing his homework and ad...

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...

"So I say, thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing..." ABBA, 1977.

Something that  I've passed on to my daughter is my love of music and how I connect to songs all the time. So, can you imagine the amazing feeling I felt when she came home from school to tell me that her choir director "listened" to her idea of a song for their Spring Concert. She proceeded to tell me that at first, her teacher...

"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."   -Bil Keane

Be Present. These two words sound simple, but in this day and age, it may be one of the most challenging things to do. With all the distractions that get thrown our way everyday, we have to work at it. But if it means that the people in our lives, whether it's our family, our friend...

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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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