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  • Hi, Mrs. Smith. This is Zack's teacher...

    Dear Annie, I just got a call from my son's math teacher. She says he's consistently goofing off in class and distracting other students. I've gotten similar calls from other teachers. How can I impress upon him that this isn't OK? – Embarrassed Mom When it comes to teaching kids to be good people (our #1 parenting job), we repeat ourselves... a lot. That's due, in part, to the fact that young skulls are thick and young minds are often distracted. We continue harping on the rules becau ...

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    by Annie Fox
    Friday, 24 April 2015
  • active learning - joy

    Learning: What’s Joy Got to Do with It?

     Music educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) claimed that joy is the most powerful of all mental stimuli. It’s an interesting contention, especially considering the many non-joyful stories I hear from educators and parents. Stories about children crying over tests. Children with so much homework that there’s little time for anything else, let alone joy, in their lives. Children discouraged by schooling as early as kindergarten. Children stressed out, burned out, acting out, and droppi ...

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    by Rae Pica
    Tuesday, 21 April 2015
  • I Am a Professional... Hear Me Roar!

    One of the biggest complaints most early care and education professionals have is the lack of respect for what they do. They are responsible for our youngest and most vulnerable children, whose bodies and brains are developing at an astounding rate… more so than at any time in their lives, except for, perhaps, prenatally. And yet, the important work of child care is passed off as insignificant– something anyone could do. Furthermore, it is often compensated at less than an oil change and child ...

    by Debra Pierce
    Tuesday, 21 April 2015
  • If Kids Planned the Lesson…

    If you were to plug “Great Lesson Plans,” into just about any search engine, all sorts of useful information for teachers immediately pops up. Instead of going online, though, how about thinking about a great lesson from a student’s viewpoint? One good way to find out what students really want is to simply ask them how they would like to learn the day’s material. Or, administer a quick survey (www.surveymonkey.com). Solicit student advice via exit tickets or suggestions dropped into a suggestion ...

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    by Julia G. Thompson
    Tuesday, 21 April 2015
  • Invitations to Learning

    My colleague told me I am a master at “Invitations to learning.” I was honored for her to give me such a compliment, and a little curious because I have never heard the term before.  She used the phrase to describe the way I encouraged a student (I will call him Ben) to join in our writing sharing activity (inside outside circle , I wonder painting).  I wonder… did Joan invent this phrase?  I thought, I’m not a master… you just happened to be here to see my Ben work throug ...

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    by Michelle Davies
    Sunday, 19 April 2015
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