Date archive: May 2012

Chores…or being more responsiball!

With all the focus on the academic curriculum today, I salute the teachers that continue to assign and expect students to do simple classroom chores. Dr. Robert Brooks did research on school memories and found that most of our school memories are not about whether we got an A or a B on a test, but…

Strapping kids in!

Eric Jensen’s book Teaching with the Brain in Mind says that the average 2 year old has spent over 500 hours strapped in a car seat! In 1960 the average 2 year old spent just about 200 hours in a car… When I read this, I immediately went back to 1960 (I was just 5 years old). …

Opening Limbic Systems or Catch that Kid and Reel Them In!

—”Attention comes last, your brain will look at relevance and then attend….”  Martha Burns It struck me yesterday how tired I was at the end of the day and as I reviewed how many students I connected with, I realized that I was opening limbic systems all day long. As the quote states… this is the…

Being in the Moment

Yesterday was one of those days when I truly felt like a therapist. I was working with 3 and 4 year olds in their preschool. We were spontaneously playing with blocks. A structure was put up 2ft by 3ft with an opening in the middle. When I asked them to tell me about it I was told…

Free book for 3 year olds…download it now!!

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/amazingme.html One thing I’m always talking about is developmental appropriateness. Many of my colleagues agree that we are seeing kids that are being asked to do tasks and activities well beyond their developmental level. Often coupled with that are developmentally appropriate activities that are left by the wayside in lieu to promoting reading and writing. …

Organized Play or Beware of Children with Big Sticks!

Organized Play or Beware of Children with Big Sticks!.

Organized Play or Beware of Children with Big Sticks!

I love this picture and would love a little background on what is going on.  Unfortunately in most of the schools I work at, this would be considered dangerous and therefore not allowed. I would imagine kids with the sticks would be the leaders just by having the sticks in hand!  Ha! Life on the playground especially…

Back to work today…

It must be hard for kids to come back to school after vacation…cause it certainly is hard for me. Part of what my responsibilities are for our students are morning warm ups. I’ve had such fun creating stations for students to participate in to alert and organize them. Every morning before classes start, all students…

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