​​​​In a new book called Stop. Right. Now.: 39 Stops to Making School Better by Jimmy Casas and Jeffrey Zoul it says, “The most effective way to ensure kids are prepared for the next level is to prepare them thoroughly at their current level.”  I agree completely with this statement.  At a time when we are encouraged to move faster and get farther, we need to slow down and look at what is really best...

The Texas Administrative Code has a section on Teacher Standards.  These standards are “to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers.” The first standard outlines the expectations regarding instructional planning and delivery.   It includes designing lessons built on standards, data and student knowledge. Teachers need to understand both the content and the students bein...

Discussions surrounding process versus product have become more and more common in the past several years, but some may not really understand how the two are related. When speaking of product, the focus is on the final result of the children’s efforts.  In other words, what did they create? On the other hand, as the word suggests, process is concerned with the actions or steps the children take on the...

At the end of each school year, teachers are given their grade level assignments for the next school year. Sometimes, teachers request to be moved for a change of pace or a new challenge. But often, teachers are moved to fulfill campus level needs. Sometimes, teachers are totally unprepared for the news. Even if excited, most teachers feel a little nervous facing a summer knowing they will begin in a...

“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...

Everything is progress. 

Each day we can take our students one step further in their learning if we ourselves commit to taking  a step out of our own comfort zones of teaching.  The best teachers are avid learners who find no satisfaction in the status quo.  Great teachers plan for the best and strategize for the issues that inevitably present.  They are willing to try things and understand that every...

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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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