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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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Do Teachers Look Dumb in New Response-to-Intervention Research?

Teacher w/reading group- young man

Tweet   Currently, 70% of U.S. school districts integrate aspects of Response to Intervention (RtI) on their campuses, and most practicing teachers are already familiar with RtI.  Last week, the most comprehensive federal evaluation of Response to Intervention to date… 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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The Honest Truth About Teachers’ Decision Making

Kitty High Five

TweetTeachers’ decision making is constrained by a persistent paradox.  Today, many administrators prioritize uniformity in teaching—for example, they want all teachers in a given grade to be “on the same page.”  However, by demanding conformity they automatically eliminate creativity in teaching.… 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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Chatting: A developmentally appropriate activity for TK-3 students

Smiling boys...always ready to chat!

TweetDo you have a chatty class this year?  Is their chatting disrupting your instructional plans?  Or is chatting becoming a classroom management problem for you? I’ve been there, believe me! I’d like to offer an alternative perspective on student chitty-chat… 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