Will play help your students learn the Common Core with joy?

Superhero play

TweetAn article recently published in The Atlantic described learning experiences of Finnish children in their play-based, child-centered public school kindergarten classrooms:  some students took shovels outside to dig in the mud and build dams; other students staffed a pretend ice cream… Continue Reading


Developing targeted curriculum: Teachers’ greatest superpower

Teachers to the rescue!

TweetIn my last post (“Conquer the Common Core….Starting NOW!” http://wp.me/p6quk7-5y) I mentioned the elephant in the classroom: it is very difficult to find high quality curricular or instructional materials that can be used to teach the knowledge and skills in… Continue Reading


Free Common Core checklists for ELA & Math? Yes, please! UPDATE

Unfortunately...with reading buddies

TweetHere’s a link to some great Common Core checklists available for Grades K-5.  They’re perfect for tracking whole class progress toward mastery of the grade-level standards in ELA and Math. These free Common Core checklists were created by Cortney Marcus… Continue Reading


It’s a book! Using DAP to Teach the Common Core, Grades PreK-3

DAP-CCSS Book Cover

TweetWow!  Here I sit, holding my just-published book in my hot little hands. I’ve been gazing lovingly at its beautiful cover and leafing through its carefully wrought pages for a few days.  And I’m almost ready to start sharing the… Continue Reading


Apply the Findings of New Research: Teach Kids to be Nice

Kindergarten Students' Social-Emotional Skills Predict Future Success in School and Adult Life

Tweet  Kindergarteners who demonstrate strong prosocial skills—behaviors such as empathy, sharing, willingness to help others, ability to make friends—are more likely to achieve success in early adulthood than kindergarteners who demonstrate less-developed social skills. These findings, the result of a… Continue Reading


Using DAP to teach the Common Core

Tips: Use DAP to Teach the CCSS

TweetThe new school year is slowly creeping up on us!  I’m sharing a reminder about the friendly, mutually supportive relationship between DAP and the CCSS.  Let’s talk more about this, okay?  Please leave a comment! Lisa G. (Click on the… Continue Reading