Learn How to Code to Learn How to Think

Why the pressure to have our students coding all of a sudden? It's not like everything that they do uses computers, right...right? Wrong. Basically every recreation and professional occupation now uses computer programming in some way. The old emphasis on teaching simple machines is now evolving to into complex machines. This is coming to us in the form of … Continue reading Learn How to Code to Learn How to Think

A Positive Mindset

This guest post is written by Lauren DeIntinis @laurendeintinis, a 2nd Grade Teacher in Manassas, Virginia. Check out more of her information at the end of the post. My name is Lauren DeIntinis and I am a 2nd grade teacher at the FABULOUS Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, VA. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA but have lived in Virginia for … Continue reading A Positive Mindset

Games or “Gamification” in the Classroom?

This guest post is written by Justin Holbrook @JustinHolbrook, a 4th Grade Teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out more of his information at the end of the post. I fondly remember the games I used to play with my family as a little kid.  Legos with my mom.  Monopoly with all the money missing or … Continue reading Games or “Gamification” in the Classroom?

Autism Resources by Sesame Street

I played this music video as I started writing and my kids swarmed me, halfway sitting on me, arms around my head! They were totally drawn to the sounds of Elmo, Abby, and Grover celebrating Autism! We have come a long way with the resources available for children, adults, and families that are affected by Autism. Sesame Street … Continue reading Autism Resources by Sesame Street

Instructional Blocks with a “Flexible Purpose”

This guest post is written by Justin Holbrook @JustinHolbrook, a 4th Grade Teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out more of his information at the end of the post. When thinking about designing a dream instructional block, questions start whipping through my brain like the frantic tornado scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”  How much time … Continue reading Instructional Blocks with a “Flexible Purpose”

Our Students Need Grit

I've almost been trying NOT to use the term 'grit' because of how trendy it has become, but I've found it may be one of the best character traits we could possibly teach our students! Grit is courage and resolve; strength of character. It's clenching the teeth, especially in order to keep one's resolve when faced with a tough or difficult responsibility. Angela … Continue reading Our Students Need Grit

INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK IS EVERY WEEK

This week is Inclusive Schools Week and we celebrate what it means to be inclusive through activities, readings, and discussions with our students. But why do we only talk about inclusive practices during this week? Inclusive Schools Week should be EVERY week! "Inclusive" is a powerful word. Remember that inclusive refers to mixed abilities but also … Continue reading INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK IS EVERY WEEK