Last fall I wrote about “Things I wish I’d known about teaching Pre-K.”  The list is pretty long, and I only wrote about three items. Therefore, I decided a “Part 2” was a must as I’m sure there are others who could benefit from what I’ve learned along the way.  

1.  I wish I had known about loose parts. I used lots of cute, colorful manipulatives, not realizing they often lead children...

"Don't go up the slide!" There are certain sentences that are frequently spoken by teachers of young children and this is one I hear repeatedly when I'm observing in outdoor learning environments. So, why do children enjoy climbing up the slide?  I decided I was going to do some informal research on this matter. During a 45 minute observation, I noted two children going down the slide and eight childr...

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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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