A Kid’s “Book of Experiences” with Themes for Future Writing

Jeffrey Pflaum, blogger on BAM, is also hosting CREATIVELY SPEAKING on the network’s new show, PULSE (category: “Classroom Innovation”).  Please check out the 12-minute podcasts on creativity, creative and critical thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more.   A Kid’s “Book of Experiences” with Themes for Future Writing I have written several blog posts on my […]

More Outdoor

Arlington’s Outdoor Lab NAEYC accreditation and other improvements that have made our profession a Profession and our centers and schools immensely beneficial to children? Emphatically, YES! But we continually move ahead.I myself, as both a teacher-educator and teacher of young children, am struggling to catch up with all of the great information on outdoor learning […]

Vocabulary Creativity and Expansion: Imaginary Word Problems

Jeffrey Pflaum, blogger on BAM, is also hosting CREATIVELY SPEAKING on the network’s new show, PULSE (category: “Classroom Innovation”). Please check out the 12-minute podcasts on creativity, creative thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more. Vocabulary Creativity and Expansion: Imaginary Word Problems What would happen to words if you could perform the mathematical operations of adding, […]

So much personality!

      Here you see a girl drawing a line in the dirt of our playground. She is focused, and calm. The dirt is endlessly fascinating. It holds many treasures both in and on it. Soon she will go off to climb or collect other treasures, and stop again to experiment with other tools, […]

Motivating Ideas to Pump Up Adolescent Readers

Jeffrey Pflaum, blogger onBAM, is also hosting CREATIVELY SPEAKING on the network’s new show, PULSE (category: “Classroom Innovation”).  Please check out the 12-minute podcasts on creativity, creative- and critical thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more.   Motivational Ideas for Adolescent Readers Reading is a tough sell these days because kids have so many distractions, which […]

Cob Isn’t Just for Corn

Consider the following: Our children discovered, while digging in the sand under the climbing equipment, that there was clay at the bottom. They knew that we were going to be building cob birdhouses and they wondered if the clay they found could be used for such a purpose.obbing required clay, made into mud. . There […]

Contemplation Writing Leads to Poetry Writing

Contemplation Writing Leads to Poetry: There’s a Soul Arising in My Mind (Part 1) In Memory of Irwin Gonshak, Producer of “Poetry-In-The-Morning” on WNYE-FM, Sponsored by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York City   There’s a Soul Arising in My Mind is a compilation of student contemplations (prose) juxtaposed with original student poetry.  […]

Questions Educators Should Ask Themselves About Their Teaching Lives

AllElementary School Teaching: Not So Elementary…   It’s funny that we are called elementary school teachers, even though the word “elementary” is misleading and misunderstood.  Check out these synonyms for elementary: basic, simple, plain, straightforward, easy, uncomplicated, and fundamental.  I define it here because there has been too much harsh criticism directed at educators teaching […]

My Teachers Really Need a CDA, But I’m Beating a Dead Horse!”

Imagine this… you’re a center director with 20 staff members. For almost two years, you’ve known that the deadline for a percentage of your teachers to have a CDA is imminent. The state licensing rep has been making more frequent calls. It’s not that you’ve been ignoring this. On the contrary. You brought this up […]

Teaching Sequencing Skills through the Arts

I want to tell you about a project that started with a child’s need to understand the concept of sequence. There are eight hundred ways to teach this concept but this one involves many children, puppetry, storytelling, and t. Older preschoolers love stories and understand so much about what is going on in them, even […]