Have you ever considered the active ingredients in toothpaste? I have discovered that there is only one active ingredient in toothpaste—fluoride. Without the fluoride, there is no benefit to toothpaste. The inactive ingredients have no power to protect teeth. Let’s consider this analogy to education with the active ingredient as developmental relationships. Authors and researchers, Junlei Li and Dana...

Children encompass unlimited potential and capability. Students thrive in nurturing environments where they are presented with opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and social emotional development. However, without a nurturing environment,  children will miss opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and social emotional development. Here are a few ways to support authenticity wit...

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.

                                               -Henry Ford

WOW! That’s a hard pill to swallow but ironically, it does make you think! How many times in the past 24 hours have you said the word “thi...

I used to chew my fingernails when I was a little girl, but luckily, I broke myself of the bad habit.  I realize I also had some bad habits when I was a classroom teacher.  In particular, two problematic areas come to mind as I reflect on best practices in early childhood education.

My first bad habit was giving students empty praise.  When we say “good job” and “way to go,” we think we are buildi...

What I needed as a child in school was a teacher who wanted to hear my voice, my ideas, the words that were always present but never spoken; a teacher who would have given me the support and safety and a space in which to project my voice...                                                                             Karen Gallas...

If you add up the number of hours children spend  in the classroom over the course of a year, you will see that this environment is a predominate location for children. To support the social emotional growth and identity of children, it is important to have their values reflected in the learning environment.  The following are ways to support and promote student values and build a caring community wit...

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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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