Developing targeted curriculum: Teachers’ greatest superpower

Teachers to the rescue!

In 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


Chatting: A developmentally appropriate activity for TK-3 students

Smiling boys...always ready to chat!

Do 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


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

Unfortunately...with reading buddies

Here’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

Wow!  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