Music Makes It Better

children playing music

Music makes everything better. I recently gave a presentation about this topic to caregivers and teachers in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I emphasized the tremendous importance of music experiences for young children, talked about using music and movement for behavior management, and gave examples. The attendees were enthusiastic. Many have used clean-up songs and hand-washing songs for […]

Tips for Imaginative Educators #7: Identify Mysteries

Everyone lovesa puzzle. Imaginative educators pull their students in; they intrigue them. They puzzle them. Of course, leaving studentspuzzling doesn’t mean leaving themutterly confused. By “puzzling” I meancapturing students’curiosity.Mystery intrigues us; it evokes emotion and imagination. An imaginative educator will model how learning about the world requires an inquiring spirit and a willingness to explore […]

Will You Assign Math Homework?

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice.” – Ray Bradbury Many studies report that there is little gain from homework, yet I’m not ready to give up on math homework altogether as I […]

Assess for Success


Do you teach well? How do you determine the merit of your teaching? How do you relay this information to others? It’s difficult to be objective with regard to your own work. That’s why it’s important to create a self assessment process that helps to move you forward with your teaching and learning–a process that […]