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


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


Developing targeted curriculum: Teachers’ greatest superpower

Teachers to the rescue!

TweetIn 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


Using DAP to teach the Common Core

Tips: Use DAP to Teach the CCSS

TweetThe new school year is slowly creeping up on us!  I’m sharing a reminder about the friendly, mutually supportive relationship between DAP and the CCSS.  Let’s talk more about this, okay?  Please leave a comment! Lisa G. (Click on the… Continue Reading