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    Pennies from Heaven

    Rain clouds and rainbows, every cloud offering "pennies from heaven". Lately we've been finding a lot of pennies. It definitely took some looking, as political storm clouds, snows, floods and other things dominated our conversations. I feel like I'm just catching my breath, so much has been happening so fast. Hope. Belief. My late husband always told us he would leave pennies around to let us know he was our angel, and that's been happening a lot. I found one in my shoe the other day and my ...

    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Saturday, 18 February 2017
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    Learning in the Snow

    Last year a student approached me and said that he had a concern. His concern was that none of his classmates seem to know about what is happening in the world, no one followed current events. He asked if we could start a club to talk about current events. His request intersected with a misgiving I'd been having about the frequency with which I had direct contact with my students in a teaching and learning context.  I spend a good deal of time with our kids in the hallways and in the caf ...

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    by Donald Gately
    Friday, 17 February 2017
  • Tips For Imaginative Educators #13: Go To Extremes For Learning

    Books like the Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley’s Believe it Or Not never stay on the shelf for long.   Young people tend to be fascinated (even obsessed) with the limits of experience and the extremes of reality--these kinds of books reveal all the record-breaking aspects of the world. I recall leafing through our own home copy of the Guinness Book Of World Records at about age 9 or 10, just consumed by the images of the curling, caramel-colored finger n ...

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    by Gillian Judson @perfinker
    Thursday, 16 February 2017
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    My Naptime Mistake

    What was I thinking? Obviously I wasn’t when I allowed my son to choose our pre-nap reading material. A toy catalog? Seriously? What parent that wants their child to nap makes this type of error in judgement? My son’s mind was now hyper-stimulated! We did eventually segue to Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, but by then I think it was too late. He next had to find his Spiderman toys and engage in some pretend play for a little while. AIl the while I laid as motionless and as silent ...

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    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Wednesday, 15 February 2017
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    Math Talk with Preschoolers...Say What?

    When we think about developing math and pre-math skills with preschool children, we usually imagine some explicit, teacher-directed activities that lead children to a correct answer. However, a lot of really significant math learning takes place within the context of classroom play, when teachers are talking with children about problems involving number, quantity, or size. Young children are developmentally tuned-in to learn number sense in preschool. And, the more we talk with them about num ...

    by Debra Pierce | easycda
    Monday, 13 February 2017
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7 Apps Every Teacher Should Put on Her Christmas Wish List

Vicki Davis with Meri Walker

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Our guest is doing amazing work with apps and art, and brings us a list of great digital tools to engage your student's.

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Teaching Pitfalls: Signs That You Are Out of Balance and Heading for Burnout

Vicki Davis with Alicia Roberts

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In this segment, we talk about the dangers of  teaching without balance.  What is balance?  How does balance lead to burnout?  What are the red flags that signal you are slipping into the danger zone?  What should you do?

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Teaching Memories: A Few of My Favorite Things

Vicki Davis with Rodney Turner 

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Keeping with the spirit of the season, we ask our guest to reflect on a few of  the things he loves about teaching..

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