Children gain an understanding of spatial relationships when they are building a castle or laying tracks to push a train on. As children engage in activities such as these, they are negotiating the relationships of the objects and the space these objects are occupying. In their play, they are flipping, turning and rotating blocks to fit in particular spaces. 

Often times, however, children lack the lan...

The maker movement and tinker time are two hot trends in early childhood education that integrate STEAM content (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math). Making or tinkering encourages learners to think with their hands. Materials are explored, manipulated and evaluated by children. Children are encouraged to “wonder” about the possibilities and develop their own understanding of how things work. Mak...

This year we have had the wonderful opportunity of partnering with Southwest ISD.  Through this partnership, we were able to create a K-2 Math Collaborative.  Teachers devoted staff development days and countless hours afterschool perfecting their craft.  Collaboration occurred at the grade level, school level, and district level.  Teachers have been able to dig deeper into the math TEKS and really de...

I want to use music in my classroom.  It helps children learn vocabulary, musicality, rhythm, keeping a beat, sequencing, patterning, and it’s fun!  However, every song I sing sounds the same because I cannot carry a tune to save my life!

If this scenario is something you can relate to, no need to worry.  There are several ways to provide musical experiences to your students regardless of your own...

I had the opportunity to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference last week.  It was held here in San Antonio at our lovely Convention Center.  It was amazing to see thousands of educators from all over the country eager to learn math.  The sessions I attended focused mainly on grades Pre-K through 5th grade, although I was tempted to sit in on a discussion about  two-way rati...

As teachers, we are one of the biggest contributing factors to student success in school.  The quality of our instruction each day will have an impact on our students.  So, what are some components of quality instruction? 

Quality means a deep, accurate understanding of the subject area content.  It also means a comprehensive knowledge of how your particular students learn and grow.  The epit...

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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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