On a scale of 1-10, how are you feeling about approaching a new school year?  As a veteran teacher and mother, I often had very mixed feelings. On one hand, I enjoyed the simple, carefree days of summer. (However, my own children often wanted rides, money or activities!)  On the other hand, I adored the concept of a new school year so I could try to do better than I did the previous year. Usually, I s...

Do you have children who exhibit the following behaviors?

  • Acting out

  • Aggression

  • Anxiety

  • Avoiding others

  • Withdrawn

  • Argumentative

  • Silliness

Believe it or not, all of these behaviors are possible indicators of stress in the classroom. In her book, Yoga for Children; 200+Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children, author L...

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” 

Albert Einstein

As a new school year is about to begin, it is important that as teachers we remember and reflect on how essential it is to form a positive classroom community starting the first day of school. In order to support students’ growth, development and future academic success, it is essential that we...

As the new school year approaches, teachers are enjoying their last indulging activities--reading for enjoyment, sleeping in, relaxing at the beach or the patio, using their last days to re-energize themselves for the upcoming school year. Without a doubt, teachers have used their summer wisely and are now preparing to get their classrooms ready, attend meetings, form work committees, meet students an...

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...

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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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