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 is my second blog post related to common phrases that I hear repeated in preschool classrooms. During a recent classroom observation at interest area time, the following scenario occurred.  Joe was engaged in the toy area with all of the magnet tiles building complex structures. Marcos decided to change interest areas and walked over to Joe and began taking the tiles. Let’s consider two different...

Think back to your childhood. What was your favorite memory or experience about science? What sparked your interest? How were these experiences created?

One of my favorite childhood memories about science was watching The Magic School Bus. I wish I had a  teacher as cool as Ms. Frizzle to make science fun.  Although Ms. Frizzle is a character from the cartoon The Magic School Bus, there are...

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...

What really is technology? So many people get concerned that our students today are overexposed to "technology". Ironically, technology is all around us. It cannot be limited or restricted. Technology is anything created to solve a problem or fulfill a need. One misconception of technology is that it is electronic. Though electronic devices can solve problems and meet needs, technology does not have...

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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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