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Hidden Menus: What we should uncover about our students

Have you ever heard of a hidden or secret menu?  I had not until recently.  I didn’t know that some restaurants offer items that are not advertised and only available if you know to ask.  Isn’t that like our students? … Continue reading

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Let’s talk: Why and how to promote language development in children

  The child begins to perceive the world not only through his eyes but also through his speech.  ~ Lev Vygotsky Language is a way we come to understand ourselves, through our connections and communications with others.  Human babies can decipher … Continue reading

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Managing My Expectations

Here is a challenge for you.  Try to count the number of times the people wearing white t-shirts pass the ball.  They are moving around a lot, so it’s challenging, but see how close you can get to counting the correct number of … Continue reading

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Fresh Eyes

Grand Day is one of my favorite events at school for so many reasons, not the least of which is seeing the pride of students, teachers, and grands over the accomplishments of learning and friendships.  Beyond that, listening to grandparents talk … Continue reading

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#TEDTalkTuesday: Every kid needs a champion by Rita F. Pierson

I have watched this TED Talk by Rita F. Pierson several times, often thinking about the teachers and community members who were champions for me.  I do not know how I would have made it through challenging times without them.  More … Continue reading

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Building an Early Math Foundation

Math is a language we all use but at various levels of complexity and confidence that are likely linked to our early math experiences in school.   Research shows that early math understanding is critical to ongoing engagement and success with higher … Continue reading

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Seeking To Understand

There is a difference between wondering and seeking to understand, even though they both involve questioning.  When my daughter was very young, she made an observation about who appeared to be homeless.  She asked about a pattern she felt she recognized … Continue reading

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