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  • Teaching Littlest Kids To Read, Or Not?

    Teaching Littlest Kids To Read, Or Not? Littles say the funniest things. The other day I asked “What’s your Mommy’s name?” Reply- Mommy.” Get what you ask for, right? Childhood is a precious time. What’s the rush? I’m back at school, year two, one week in, hired under a Literacy Grant, a good thing and not so good. What’s great is I have an opportunity to fine-tune teaching littlest learners, emergent readers. I was really winging it last year. Students who returned are lots bigger, now the ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Sunday, 24 September 2017
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    Process vs. Product: A False Dichotomy?

    I love listening to to Rae Pica’s BAM Radio program, Studentcentricity, during my commute to Northern Virginia Community college to teach. Thank God for Bluetooth! Last night I listened to a program about enjoying process over product in education. I totally agree with Amanda Morgan. Teachers shouldn’t do toddlers’ art for them, or give cookie-cutter art projects to preschoolers. They should know, by now, that asking for the right answer shuts off the process of learning to think. But they sti ...

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    by Gail Multop @gailmult
    Thursday, 21 September 2017
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    Do Not Make Lessons Relevant

    This article is actually from 2014, but it touched a nerve that has been raw since I was a student in the 1970s. The author is talking about the issue of students asking "Why do we need to learn this anyway" and after setting up the problem, he drops this: The best solution to this problem is to make every lesson relevant to each student. However, given the impossibility of achieving that goal, I offer a few teaching tips that can mostly make that dreaded question about relevance a thing of t ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Sunday, 17 September 2017
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    Don't Forget the Joy: A Call to Action for Our Students

    I got quite the shock recently – and, for a change, it wasn’t an unpleasant one. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Let me explain… In preparation for an interview with Tim Walker, an American teacher now working in Finland, I was reading his book, Teach Like Finland. There, in the last section of the last chapter, was the heading, “Don’t forget joy.” Turns out that in 2016, Finnish comprehensive schools implemented Finland’s newest core curriculum – in which joy is prior ...

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    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Tuesday, 12 September 2017
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    Why You Should Focus on Small Classroom Victories

    Are you focusing on small classroom victories? Teaching can be exhausting, and it can seem like a futile endeavor at times. The amount of work that goes into a single day or unit of instruction is tremendous, without a necessary guarantee of student success. So when a unit is finished, or a hard day is done, it's easy to look at your results or the big picture of student data and get discouraged if things didn't go well. I recently had a great conversation with a teacher at a school who is i ...

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    by Chad Ostrowski | @chadostrowski
    Tuesday, 12 September 2017
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