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Celebrate Art and Craft of Teaching, Thoughts to Inspire You!

Art and Craft of Teaching

November is #GratitudeMonth. We are grateful to be together in this month of Thanks, as colleagues and friends. Tonight we are all about teaching. Teaching at its innermost core of goodness and joy.  Teaching as inspiration for generations of children in our care. No matter what obstacles, we are blessed. Let the change be, just […]

Why Should I Care? Engagement through Authenticity

Why should I care? Engagement through Authenticity

This is the question that educators must address, as the answers can determine the level of engagement by students for curriculum experiences. The best answers are not explanations but learning experiences that are authentic to the learners’ world beyond the classroom. In Michigan, 1st and 2nd graders design and maintain a greenhouse to grow vegetables […]

Ask These Questions About Time to Evaluate Classroom Technology Integration


Devices in classrooms can empower students when used effectively.But how do teachers know if they are integrating technology effectively? Here are questions to ask about time that help teachers use effectively integrate technology. What percentage of time are students in creative apps such asSynth, Tour Creator, ThingLink,Jamboard,Canva,Flipgrid, Google My Maps, Google Sites, etc? What percentage […]

Why Curiosity Wilts and How to Make It Bloom Again


I read a lot in my elementary years. Growing up in the 1980’s communist Poland I spent a lot of time in the cowboys-and-Indians world of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. I’d relive the main characters’ stories with an older friend who introduced me to this world and lent me books I’d devour in spare time. […]

Emergent Learning: Antidote to the Push-Down Approach

The topic for my last Art, Music and Movement for Young Children class was Emergent Curriculum. I showed a video from Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education showcasing a project on balls. You can watch it here. Emergent Curriculum is a way of teaching through student interests. Suppose a group of toddlers […]

How to Teach Entrepreneurship at Home and School


If you’re a parent you want your kids to be successful. I mean, I get that you should allow them to fail and learn from failure. I get that on the road to success, our kids will undoubtedly fail. If you preach and do that, you’re awesome in my book. So while we all want […]

Educate Parents and Early Childhood Programs Will Follow

After fourteen years of teaching child care professionals and teachers about preschool learners, one of my college students, with sweet, enthusiastic innocence, told me that her threes understood the word “hypothesis.” That in her center, they teach a “word a week” to the children. And their philosophy? Their motivation? “We have to get them ready […]

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning!


“Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start. When we read we begin with A B C….” Who knew I’d love teaching littles? Not me, that’s for sure. Preschool KWLW: Here’s my learning update, month seven of my what was I thinking in year forty six? Who else in their […]

The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today – NEW BOOK!


Chapter 1:UnlearningConnectionChapter 2:UnlearningPlanning and the Change ProcessChapter 3:Unlearning“That’s the Way We Have Always Done it”Chapter 4:UnlearningFear of Social MediaChapter 5:UnlearningProfessional DevelopmentChapter 6:UnlearningLeadership Reprinted with permission from the Board Savvy Superintendent Blog Doug Eadie•November 30, 2016• The podcast that Mike and Nick have recorded forwww.boardsavvysuperintendent.comprovides a great introduction to a powerful new book that you’ll want […]

Turns Out Teachers Are Mind Readers (Thanks to Recap)

mind reading

Imagine if you could hear every single student’s thinking, thoughts, and ideas on a topic, and respond to each and every one of them without finding time to schedule individual student conferences. Imagine if your students could let you know how well they understood the topics covered during the week. Imagine how much insight you […]

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