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  • Just One More Little Show, Mommy... Pleeeease?

    You can't deny or hold it back. And, who would want to? Technology is part of life in our society... more so every day. It changes the way we communicate, socialize, conduct business, and handle daily tasks. Children need to be prepared to function in this type of society. We ease them into it with the software we choose and the time we provide for them on computers and other devices. By the time we get a child in our early childhood classroom, he may already have logged thousands of hours of ...

    by Debra Pierce
    Wednesday, 01 April 2015
  • Reading in the classroom

    Popcorn Is for Eating -- Not Reading

      Popcorn – or round-robin – reading is a technique that’s probably been used by teachers since there were books and classrooms. The intentions behind it are to increase reading ability, to help students feel comfortable speaking in front of others, and to “catch” students who aren’t paying attention. I won’t speak to the last of those because it’s beside the point and perhaps a topic for another post. But regarding the first two intentions, it turns out teachers have been wasting their – ...

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    by Rae Pica
    Tuesday, 31 March 2015
  • I Am a Teacher! ( Screamed My Heart)

    I overheard a conversation today. I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop, but given my profession, I was immediately drawn in.  My son and I were waiting for our late breakfast.  We took a sick day off today – due to South Texas weather, which I am publicly blaming, mind you.  I am sitting directly behind a young couple with a small baby boy.  They are sporting NFL jerseys – Dallas Cowboys – guess they are still mourning their loss with you, Mr. Ruvalcaba.  As the young mo ...

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    by Maggie
    Tuesday, 31 March 2015
  • High Stakes Testing and Children with Special Needs

    March madness is entering its final days, and I am not referring to basketball. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) high stakes standardized tests that align with Common Core are wrapping up round one in Illinois. But unlike the NCAA college basketball tournament, there will be a second round of PARCC in May. For many children with special needs, this tournament of testing can’t end soon enough. The story of two sisters, ages 9 and 11, illustrates the abs ...

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    by Laurie Levy
    Tuesday, 31 March 2015
  • Vulnerability Develops Classroom Connections

    There’s something really powerful about demystifying learning in front of students. If we’re serious about the power of ideas like grit and growth mindset, this demystification process is a prerequisite for increased student success. But how do we do that? Planning is an incredibly important part of teaching, but in hindsight, I think I often spent too much time planning in the wrong direction. As a teacher, especially as a young teacher, I thought I was successful if I could make my ...

    by Aaron Hogan
    Tuesday, 31 March 2015
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