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Should we fight to reclaim kindergarten?

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TweetScholars at the University of Virginia recently published an article entitled “Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?” (full paper available here).  By tapping into two large, nationally representative data sets, these researchers were able to compare survey responses provided by… Continue Reading

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Testing, Teaching, and Learning: The Surprising Truth

Pencil boy thinking

Tweet“Testing action plan” appears and disappoints In late October, the Obama administration recommended U.S. schools voluntarily adopt a newly developed “testing action plan” designed to limit the amount of time students spend taking state-wide standardized achievement tests. The testing action… Continue Reading

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Kindergarten and the Common Core: A problematic pairing

Boys in their jellyfish and octopus habitat hats

TweetThe Common Core is Srs Bzns.  Everyone knows the Common Core is serious business, replete with rigor and weighed down with supporting evidence drawn from the text.  The Common Core is intended to produce college-and-career-ready high school graduates who are… Continue Reading

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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

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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

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Back-to-school goodies, developmentally appropriate practices style!

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TweetI’m thinking about everything that teachers—including Lisa S.!—need to do at this time of the year and wishing that I could help make things easier.  Given the passion Lisa S. and I share for meeting children where they are and… Continue Reading

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Two things I love: Star Wars and DAP

Darth Vader will have the penne alla'arribiata

TweetGet out your light sabers, everyone!  Common Sense Media have developed a “Star Wars Age-by-Age Guide” that indicates which Star Wars-related media (games, films, cartoons, etc.) are appropriate for children from 6-12 years of age. Lisa S. and I love tools… Continue Reading