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...

I taught kindergarten for several years.  Each year, I taught the same standards, in the same classroom, using the same resources.  So, why was each new year drastically different from the last?  The answer is simple – the students.  No two classes were ever the same.  Each class had unique students that created a unique dynamic both socially and academically.  In order to be successful, I had to take...

The Texas Administrative Code has a section on Teacher Standards.  These standards are “to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers.” The first standard outlines the expectations regarding instructional planning and delivery.   It includes designing lessons built on standards, data and student knowledge. Teachers need to understand both the content and the students bein...

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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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