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IGNITING CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING

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THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TEACHERS ASK ABOUT PASSION PROJECTS

THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TEACHERS ASK ABOUT PASSION PROJECTS

There are so many questions teachers ask about Passion Projects. Passion Projects – just the word is terrifying to many many of us. If you’ve never tried them, now is a great time. They are a great end-of-the-year activity. Whenever you try something new, it can be a little frightening. It takes us out of […]

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 […]

DISTANCE LEARNING AND PASSION PROJECTS

DISTANCE LEARNING AND PASSION PROJECTS student presenting Passion Project during distance learning

Spice up your distance learning with Passion Projects. Distance Learning combined with Passion Projects provides your students with an independent study they will love and be motivated to complete. During this time when you are scrambling to find engaging activities for your students, I recommend using Passion Projects.  They spice up your lessons and meet […]

WHY I TEACH ANALOGIES TO PRIMARY STUDENTS

WHY I TEACH ANALOGIES TO PRIMARY STUDENTS horizontal image for teaching analogies in primary grades

  Are you looking for ways to get your kiddos to think critically in your lessons? Try teaching analogies!  Analogies get primary kids thinking, analyzing, and making comparisons.    What is an analogy? An analogy is simply a comparison of two things that are usually thought of as being different, but are similar in some […]

Flip That Flop! Turning Mistakes Into Opportunities

Flip That Flop! Turning Mistakes Into Opportunities turning mistakes into opportunities

The Importance of Mistakes  “Mistakes are GOOD!”  The first time I said that to a class of second graders, they looked at me like I was crazy.  They were incredulous.  “You mean you actually want us to make mistakes?” they asked in disbelief.   Yes I do!  The truth is, mistakes are essential for learning, and fear of […]