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|Be Not Afraid|
|Tuesday, April 26, 2016|
I am a consumer of opinions. I go to parenting and education conferences and seminars often, and I read blogs, open letters, Facebook posts, and articles written by people of diverse backgrounds and opinions on a variety of educational topics. I am particularly interested in technology and how it is impacting education. No doubt there are many thoughts and opinions on technology in the classroom. (WARNING: If you are someone who thinks technology will be responsible for the fall of Western civilization, stop reading now.)
|Tasting the Alphabet|
|Friday, April 8, 2016|
After an exciting few days in Columbus, OH, Mrs. Moretta and I were eager to implement some of the strategies we picked up at the National Reading Conference. Many sessions we attended focused on helping students respond to literature. Deeper connections are made and greater knowledge is constructed when a student is engaged in a meaningful response activity.
|In his own words: Getting expert advice|
|Monday, March 21, 2016|
Hi, EFS. My name is Jack Kinsman. This week, the eighth grade was introduced to the creation piece of the IDEA Project, the part of the project in which we make something or build something. For the past few weeks, we have been sending and receiving e-mails from experts. I was excited to receive three detailed responses from professional athletes: two former NHL players, Graeme Townshend and Martin Biron, and a current PGA player, Dudley Hart.
|Who am I?|
|Monday, March 21, 2016|
Third grade students had a fantastic week learning about many exciting famous people through presentations by other students. Leonardo Da Vinci, Jane Goodall, Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James, and J.K. Rowling stopped by for a visit.
|I Like the New Math and So Should You|
|Wednesday, March 16, 2016|
Years ago, after returning from a graduate school sabbatical in New York City to my home base in Maryland, I was asked to teach math to 6th graders. I was horrified.
I was an English major as an undergrad for a reason. I had a lifelong fear of numbers, and I couldn’t wait to leave all that behind and study literature and film. Not surprisingly, I became an English and language arts teacher. And I loved it.
So I reluctantly agreed to teach math (I fancied myself a team player). And you know what? I found that math is taught and learned differently than it was when I was a kid. As a result, I finally understood it. The new math was empowering. And I loved teaching it even more than teaching English.
|Theater for Kids|
|Thursday, March 10, 2016|
Second grade has begun rehearsals for our spring play, Annie. Studies have shown the benefit of early introduction to live theater. Children develop a sense of confidence, improve their reading and writing communication skills, and the value of public speaking. Follow this link for a wonderful article, 5 Reasons Why Theater is Good for Kids.
|In their own words: Brain Research|
|Tuesday, March 8, 2016|
Hi, I am Ellie Wyckoff and my IDEA project is on brain memory. I have learned about different parts of the brain that help with long- and short-term memory and about causes of memory loss. We have been emailing experts on our topics and I emailed Dr. Michael Merzenich, a professor emeritus neuroscientist at the University of California in San Francisco.
|Fabulous First Grade Theme Days!|
|Friday, February 26, 2016|
First grade just celebrated the 101st day of school in many ways. The children counted 101 steps, made words out of “Dalmatians,” solved 101 math problems, and measured things bigger and smaller than 101 centimeters.
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