Product.Result.Send something cool home. Product. Product. Product. I read an article written by Susan Engel published in the Harvard Educational Review. The article is called, Children's Need To Know: Curiosity in Schools. I highly recommend this article to any elementary school teacher who is wondering about how to cultivate curiosity in the classroom. Cultivating... Continue Reading →
Last week in our classroom we bought carnations and purple flowers. The stems were laid out on the table ( 2 stems for each child). All of the educators and children sat in a circle. One by one the children went to pick 2 stems. In the center of the circle there was an... Continue Reading →
Mildred Kantrowitz, may she not be forgotten. A child brought the book Willie Bear into school a few weeks ago. It was a book that all of the children could connect with in Kindergarten. Willie Bear doesn't get ready for school in time so the boy in the book goes ahead to school without him.... Continue Reading →
If you haven't read about Marva Collins, please take the time to read about her. She was a marvelous educator and I truly wish I could have met her in person.
Teaching explicit mathematical concepts, phonics, and other academic skills makes sense. Literally sitting down with your child, or children in your classroom to go over skills and the "how to" of certain concepts is important. We make time for it. We even break down a math problem into steps and ask children to "show your... Continue Reading →
I wonder just how much of teaching is centered around power and control. If the classroom community is set up in such a way that the children feel they have a voice and they are powerful what happens? How much structure is needed? How much "control"?As a teacher what does it take to relinquish your... Continue Reading →
A story of adventure, finding a new home, and ultimate success despite surprising circumstances. This is a classic book and Kindergarten students love it. Ken Kimura has a fun yet earnest tone. The illustrations are vibrant. Want to integrate mathematical language and have a little laugh. THIS is the book for you. As usual: read... Continue Reading →
I took my class to the redwood forest several weeks ago. Time in nature. Enough said. I was remembering the time that I built a painting wall in my classroom. Basically, it took hands on experience to learn how to drill into the concrete wall. It was all about doing, trying, failing, and doing again.... Continue Reading →