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The Importance of Teaching Logic

The Importance of Teaching Logic

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end – Leonard Nimoy Logic, can it be taught? Or is it something that is naturally instilled? Actually, it can be taught! Breathe a sigh of relief. It is one of the most important skills to teach in elementary grades because it is a foundational critical thinking […]

Using Games In Your Classroom: Where Learning Meets Engagement!

Using Games In Your Classroom: Where Learning Meets Engagement!

Students love to play games in the classroom. At least mine always have! However, the hardest part for me has been to combine learning and fun in a healthy balance. If the lesson is too boring, I’ve lost my class’s interest. Too much fun and the lesson has lost all the educational value. My class […]

PASSION PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PASSION PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Passion Projects and Genius Hour in the Classroom

Passion Projects were a staple in my gifted enrichment classroom in the 1970s.  Back in those days, we called them Type III enrichment activities (Renzulli Enrichment Model) or Independent Studies.  But thankfully, things changed as general education has embraced the concepts of thinking skills, creative production, and talent development. Today we see these activities implemented […]

MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Are there any kiddos in your class with a fixed math mindset? Do they give up or refuse to attempt to solve a math problem if they’re afraid they will get a wrong answer? Are they reluctant to take on challenges and refuse to take a risk if they aren’t sure they’re right? Or do […]

USING YESTERDAY’S ALPHABET BOOKS TO TEACH CHANGE OVER TIME

USING YESTERDAY’S ALPHABET BOOKS TO TEACH CHANGE OVER TIME KEEP EM THINKING YESTERDAY'S ALPHABET

I love teaching with children’s picture books and sophisticated alphabet books are one of my favorites to use.  If you haven’t seen the picture book Tomorrow’s Alphabet by George Shannon, you simply must get it.   The first page starts out with A is for seed….. tomorrow’s apple, and follows that pattern throughout the book.  […]

A Fun Activity to Describe Characters

A Fun Activity to Describe Characters FUN ACTIVITY TO DESCRIBE CHARACTERS

Are you looking for a fun way to teach describing characters and character traits?  Try this!  Fold each side of a horizontal sheet of paper to the middle.  Have the kids draw a picture of the character on the front.  Put words to describe the outward appearance of the character on the outside.  This can be things […]