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February 15, 2012

Helping Students Cope with Math Phobia

Educators may be teaching students to have a math phobia rather than teaching them to love the subject. On Monday our school celebrated the 100th Day. If you have ever spent time in an elementary school you know how excited primary students get about the 100th day of school. It's right up there wit...

February 12, 2012

The Stigma of Low Expectations

"We underestimate students when they fall short of expectations because they don't understand the school game and we determine that they lack motivation. " Carol Ann Tomlinson Recently, I read another great article in Educational Leadership by Carol Ann Tomlinson. Carol co-authored the article with...

February 04, 2012

Helping kids learn to succeed

Responding to Peter DeWitt's "The Benefits of Failure." Today's guest blog is written by Debbie Silver (parent of 5 boys and teacher of 30 years) The Japanese have a proverb that says, "Fall down 7 times, get up 8." I think that is a wonderful metaphor for what most of us want for our children. ...

February 02, 2012

Teaching Kids How to Disagree

Conflict resolution is one of the most important life skills that students can learn when it comes to social and professional relationships. If you've ever spent time in an elementary school, you understand that students get mad at one another. As a former first grade teacher I heard my share of ki...

January 24, 2012

Are Educators Data Driven to Death?

Data can tell educators and students where they have been successful and where they need help, but too much data can make those same educators lose focus of what they are supposed to be doing, which is educating students and creating a safe and nurturing environment. Data is quickly creeping into...

January 21, 2012

No Name Calling Week

No Name Calling Week is about so much more than just name calling. It's about what name calling symbolizes. It's pretty common for kids to call each other names. If you ever grew up with siblings, you probably got into a few fights with your brothers or sisters and called them a few names during th...

January 16, 2012

The Importance of Service Learning

Last weekend I was on #elemchat with my colleagues near and far on Twitter and the topic of discussion was service learning. Service learning can be defined in many ways but it is primarily when students work on a project together for their community or communities far away. It is such an important...

January 13, 2012

Tune-Ups and Teachable Moments

Children are not supposed to be perfect all the time. Adults certainly aren't! When I was in seventh grade I had to go to the principal's office. My early teenage brain had gotten the best of me and I was rude to a teacher, which is something that did not please my mom and I heard about it when I...

January 02, 2012

Hierarchy in the Public School System

Children learn many lessons when they are at school, both in the classroom and out. The bus ride and recess are places where children may learn things from their peers that are not age appropriate. They also learn lessons from the adults around them that may not be age appropriate either. One of th...

December 30, 2011

The Loss of Academic Freedom

"Because teaching as a profession is so poorly understood there's always the temptation for those not active in the classroom to try to "codify" it and make it seem like some mechanical process which can be "time and motion" studied and optimized." Scott Johnston, Australia In decades past, teach...

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