first grade reflections

first grade reflections

We are always reflecting in my classroom. What did you know? What do you know now? How do you know you know what you know? My poor students have to reflect, explain their thinking, and recalibrate their ideas at every twist and turn. But today, the tables have turned....
prototyping their learning

prototyping their learning

Using Design Thinking in the classroom can have meaningful effects on student learning and ability to solution make (rather than problem solve). But throughout my own personal learning journey most ideas I’ve come across have been a far stretch for the type of...
it takes a village

it takes a village

The adage says “It takes a village to raise a child.” But in this case, it took a village (of students across 5 different countries) to write a story. Here is the journey of our Travelling Tales village: and here is our finished tale: I’m thankful to...
it’s more than a box

it’s more than a box

One of my favorite read aloud stories is Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. The premise of the story is simple and confirms how different children and adults look at the world. In the story, the rabitty-type creature sits, stands, and wears a box while “the...
empathy leads to action

empathy leads to action

Each week, my students would come in from their lunch break with complaints about playground shenanigans. Often times, complaints went something like this, “And then the 2nd graders wouldn’t…” or “This 2nd grade boy wasn’t…” I couldn’t take it anymore. After a lunch...