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


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


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


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


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


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