A Clean Slate

Think of a time when someone had the wrong impression of you.  Maybe you're used to that, maybe it flabergasted you, maybe you didn't care. Did you correct them? Were you frustrated that you even had to? There is a reason we all yearn for a clean slate sometimes. To go somewhere where we are not…

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Music in the Classroom

When the school day starts you can find me listening to peppy and fun music as I set up and when the school day winds down and I prepare for the next day.  I find that a fun tune can change the tone of the day and set in motion a calm transition to "after work" mode.…

Brain Rules

According to John Medina, there are 12 of the latest and greatest brain rules that educators should pay attention to when designing the classroom.  Unfortunately, most teachers do not have an extraordinary amount of control over the design of their classrooms in respect to the 12 brain rules, however, there are some aspects that are possible…

TED Talk: From Neuron to Network

Let's reflect for a moment on the incredible nature of the child's mind.  The growth and development of a child are so rapid not only every year but every second that is hard to fathom the billions of neural connections made throughout early childhood that determine adaptability, cognitive skills, and traits that carry on into adulthood. In…

What’s in a name?

For early childhood educators (usually pre-k through third grade) you never quite know what to expect from incoming students.  Some could have solid to stellar background knowledge, fine motor skills, phonemic awareness and some could have, well, a little less. Since every year brings new experiences, new students and new challenges (all blessings) preparedness and…

Classroom News Corner

In an increasingly globally-aware world, nothing is quite as controversial as what to expose children to and at what age. However, creating a space in which students are exposed to age-appropriate news can be hugely beneficial in the classroom for a number of reasons. What skills a classroom news corner can help develop: Empathy Development:…

The “Flipped” Classroom

A "newer" trend hitting the education market is known commonly as the "Flipped Classroom". Create a video of a basic explanation of what students will need to know for tomorrow share with students Ideally via a private-to-your-class site approved by your school What is really is: Imagine if you did the homework at school, and…

Generation “Like”

What would you do for a "like"? How much is a "like" worth? What does it even mean? Perhaps it's because I was born and experienced early childhood and adolescence free of social media, or at least free of the brunt of it (as when I was in middle school Myspace had permeated some of…

Digital Media Story

Hey, everyone! Recently I learned how to make a video via Pixlr + Quick Time.  It was hard but it was great when it was completed. Here's why it's important to know how to use in the classroom: You can make a video (individual images photoshopped of yourself a different one on each slide) with your…

Presentations and kids

When I was in highschool, one of my teachers informed us that she based her teaching on the fact that kids (meaning us at 16) weren't wired to concentrate for more than 45 minutes.  Therefore, she didn't mind if we needed to take a minute to refocus, but that she would get us back on…

Early Readers and Literacy-Based Apps

A topic near and dear to my heart: the importance of early literacy skills in early learners. From little tots being read a simple story to pre-kinder and kindergartener learning rhyme and print skills through second-grade students battling their way up the Fountas and Pinnell ladder: reading is an individual challenge that students learn through…