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  • Learning Naturally!

      Outdoor learning is the name of the game at my center. We have an amazing array of possibilities linking classroom to playground. Our playhouses are cobbed. We have piping all around the fences so that we can attach a hose to any outlet for making wet sand and mud. Our shed, also cobbed, has a garden growing on its roof to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and a gutter system for dripping rain into a rain barrel! Our children are encouraged to get wet and dirty, ...

    by Gail Multop
    Monday, 22 December 2014
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    In Praise of Good Mentors Everywhere

    All teachers need mentors. This relationship and process starts with student teaching and the neophyte’s professor, but in most cases, sadly ends there.  My positive experiences with mentors in my life come from a diverse group of teachers, coaches, and oddly enough, two parakeets.  I play tennis and practice against the wall of a racquetball court.  I hit for thirty minutes, starting out slow to find my concentration.  At sixty-six I take my time to warm up until I start hi ...

    by Jeffrey Pflaum
    Monday, 15 December 2014
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    When (If Ever) Should You Toot Your Own Horn?

    Studies suggest that it's important to career success to be able to speak glowingly about one's work skills and accomplishments. In fact, a recent report indicates humility in the workplace may be a liability.  Educators, of course, are known for their humility. Theirs is a broadly accepted practice of being other-directed and of being reticent to toot their own horns and tout their accomplishments. The question is: does this practice harm teachers and the education profession?   ...

    by Rae Pica
    Monday, 24 November 2014
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    Choosing CDA Training... It's Giving Me a Headache!

    One of the first steps in the CDA process is acquiring 120 clock hours of training. Choosing where to get this training can be confusing, overwhelming, a shot in the dark,or all three. This is especially true if the candidate begins to search for online CDA training.There are literally hundreds of training agencies vying for your business, with more popping up every day. Most have catchy ad campaigns and promise quick and easy completion of CDA training hours from the comfort of home. After a wh ...

    by Debra Pierce
    Sunday, 23 November 2014
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    Stop Teaching to the Test, Start Teaching to the Culture

    Our guests assert that to be more engaging and effective with students we need to connect to the various cultures of the students in our classes. They suggest that teaching to the culture increases engagement, comprehension, and student achievement. So what does this mean in practice?  Learn more at  Th ...

    by Rae Pica
    Saturday, 22 November 2014
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