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Do you want to be a primary grade teaching superstar?

A material girl, fer sure!

TweetWhen you hear the word “superstar,” whose face pops into your mind? Madonna? Michael Jordan?                 Justin Bieber? Would you like to be a superstar? What about becoming a primary grade teaching superstar?… 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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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!

Listening Center, Room 0

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

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Seeking teachers in grades PK-3 to talk about DAP and the Common Core

KIndergarten teacher closet, Shot 1

TweetWelcome to our blog.  We’re hoping to attract like-minded educators with whom we can share ideas, discuss dilemmas, and generate solutions to the many curricular and instructional challenges currently facing teachers in grades PK-3. This blog is the brainchild of… Continue Reading