I taught Pre-K for many years and I was great at a lot of things.  However, the more I learn about early childhood best practices, the more I realize I wasn’t so great at everything.  That led me to make my list of “Things I wish I’d known about teaching Pre-K.”  Perhaps you too can benefit from my new wisdom.

1. Use a picture schedule and avoid calendar time.  Pre-K students do not have a we...

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...

All of the teachers I know are givers. We give time, energy, money and whatever else we have to our students. We read about the latest curriculum trends, work on assessments at night and on the weekends and spend our free time thinking about how we could have explained something differently. People who are not teachers (except for those with a very close relationship to one) do not realize that teache...

Yesterday I had lunch with my mentor to discuss a few upcoming professional decisions, ideas, and dreams I’ve had lately here in the world of education. As I walked away from our lunch with a smile on my face and a boost of empowerment in my chest, I felt so grateful, and then suddenly had the thought “Why doesn’t everyone have a mentor?” I am the educator I am today in no exaggeration because of the...

I remember setting up my first kindergarten classroom.  I was so excited for the bulletin border, posters, decorations, desk tags, etc.  When it was finished, my classroom was full of bright colors and patterns all following my chosen theme.   I had a cozy reading corner where I was certain students would love to relax.  Hanging up the alphabet chart over the chalkboard was the moment I knew I was a r...

Starting a new school year can be very overwhelming for a teacher who will be receiving a new group of students as well as for a new teacher teaching for the first time.  So now imagine the students starting a new grade level or the students that are going to school for the very first time.  This is a place they may have never been before with people they are meeting for the first time.  I would imagi...

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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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