The Missing Paint

Tweet The paint is missing! The paint! The paint! Oh where, oh where has it gone? I see it no more, when I open the door. Oh where, oh where has it gone?   It has been replaced, replaced, you say And what, and what is there now? Is it glue, is it glitter, is […]

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Is it bad that…?

Tweet Is it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I […]

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Testing – as an Opportunity

Tweet I could focus on the negative things that have to do with standardized testing: for students, parents, and of course teachers.   But today I’m going to try and be positive and focus on something good that actually came out of testing this year.  Something I observed just yesterday as my fourth grade students […]

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Get Mad – But Not at the Schools

Tweet Have you seen this yet?  It’s a letter sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers stating that due to “more rigorous learning standards,” an end of the year kindergarten play is to be cancelled.  (You may be interested in reading […]

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Helping Students Deal with Test Anxiety

Tweet “Tis the season for summative assessments.  As report cards go out and the holidays approach, it is time for teachers to think about testing kids on their skills.  Here are some thoughts to consider.  ~EMP Summative assessment is just as important as formative assessment, as both are necessary for effective instruction and planning. Although […]

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Practice What I Preach

Tweet Practice what I preach…that has been a saying in the back of my head for the last few weeks. Our state testing for math starts today and it has been a real challenge balancing test prep with innovative, meaningful teaching. In the past few weeks, I’ve had to squeeze in math topics we hadn’t […]

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What is True Arts Integration?

Tweet When I hear that teachers are integrating the arts into their teaching, I am excited for them and their students. What a wonderful opportunity they have to learn the required curriculum AND learn more about an art form. However, this is not always the case. I must warn you now that I’m going to […]

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Don't Let Your Cheese Get Moldy

Tweet In his parable, Who Moved My Cheese? (G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 1998), Spencer Johnson exposes many human behaviors as four characters (two mice and two Littlepeople) live in a maze searching daily for their cheese.  Cheese is used as a metaphor for things we work for, need, and desire in life.   It makes us happy. The […]

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The Best of Both Worlds: Part Three

Tweet A few days after FCAT, my principal sent around an email advertising the 2010 Lee County Student Film Festival.  I asked my class if they would be interested in making a movie.  They were astoundingly enthusiastic about it.  They decided they wanted to make an animation, a stop motion animation like we made together […]

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