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  • Trying to Encourage a Preschooler's Writing Skills? Stop Doing What You've Been Doing!

    Two weeks ago, I visited one of my student teachers in a room of young three’s. I noticed one of the activities on a table was tracing their printed names on strips of paper with pencils. During most of my hour there, I also noticed that only two of the thirteen children chose this activity, despite one of the teachers manning the table and repeatedly asking who wanted to join in this “fun activity.” The two children who did come over showed considerable awkwardness getting control over the u ...

    by Debra Pierce | easycda
    Friday, 23 September 2016
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    Making the Case for Outdoor Play

    Last year I was doing site visits, having been hired to observe PreK to second-grade classrooms and offer suggestions for more active learning. On two different occasions I walked into a room just as the class was scheduled to go outside to recess. But the teachers didn’t feel like going outside – so the kids wandered aimlessly about the classroom throughout the 20-minute period allotted to recess. The teachers apparently considered this “indoor recess” acceptable, but I did not – for many, m ...

    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Thursday, 22 September 2016
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    The Nordstrom Charlatans

      Honey, I know exactly what they are going do. They will start off by telling you how beautiful you are. Next, they will apply all sorts of creams, potions and lotions on your face and convince you that you must buy them. Eventually we will walk away spending over a hundred dollars on stuff that you really didn't need.   Truth be told, this is merely the image I had in my mind of what happens when women, or in this case, my ten year old daughter asks for advice from the folks ...

    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Saturday, 17 September 2016
  • Pilfering Play

    Have you ever read something that attached itself to you? You kept thinking about it and couldn't get away from it. That happened to me recently. I was reading through my list of blogs and came across a photo of an old poster that protested children working in textile mills. The quote on that poster floored me. I think my mouth dropped open.  "The worst thief is he who steals the playtime of children." (W.D. Haywood) I immediately thought about the current education system. Young childr ...

    by R Scott Wiley | @sxwiley
    Thursday, 15 September 2016
  • A picture is worth a thousand words

    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    Teacher: No, no, no, no. Like this. Student: I got it. I got it. Teacher: No, not like that. Like this. Now do you have it? Student: Yeah, I got it now. Teacher: No, no, no, no, no. Look, like this. Got it? Student: Oh yeah. Now I get it. Teacher: Good. Now try it again. Let me see it. Student: See, I got it. Right? Teacher: Ugh. No, not like that. Like this. Now try again. Well, you know what, never-mind. It looks good. Student: OK. Whatever.   How many times do you see st ...

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    by William Madden | @WPMadden
    Wednesday, 14 September 2016
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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