Recently, I was trying to find some good picture books to use with the Zoom In thinking routine as found in the book Making Thinking Visible.  I went straight to author/illustrator David Wiesner and his amazing work.  Wiesner is able to take the most ordinary, everyday items and experiences and transform them into incredible adventures. Any of his books would make a great introduction to the Zoom In r...

Pre-K 4 SA began it first two series of public Child Development Associate (CDA) classes this fall.  Both sets of classes were very well received and ended up having waiting lists of additional people wanting to attend.

Due to the strong interest in this program, two additional series of classes will be offered beginning in January 2019.  As with the previous classes, registration will be open to indi...

This past year, I have been reading and studying Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison.  This resource is a great reminder that learning is a product of thinking.  “Classrooms are too often places of ‘tell and practice.’  The teacher tells the students what is important to know or do and then has them practice that skill or knowledge.  In such classrooms, little thin...

On Friday, August 10, 2018, the Pre-K 4 SA Professional Learning Department sponsored Back to School Edcamp San Antonio. Over 75 early childhood educators from across the city of San Antonio, from  pre-k through third grade, were in attendance.

You may be wondering,"What is an edcamp?" An edcamp is an organic, participant-driven professional learning experience like no other.  First of all, there...

For the past two years Pre-K 4 SA’s Professional Learning Department has provided Child Development Associate (CDA) classes for the employees within the organization.  We are very pleased to announce that for the upcoming school year Preschool CDA classes will be open for registration to individuals who work or live in the City of San Antonio. 

The CDA is a nationally recognized credential administered...

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...

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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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