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Early Childhood: Balancing Rigor with the Needs of the Child

What does early childhood education mean to you? How do you balance the rigor and expectations of today’s standards with meeting the individual needs of children? Here’s one teacher and mother’s perspective.

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5 Proven Ways to Engage Students in Great Literature

By: Dona Herweck RicePosted 09/19/14
5 Proven Ways to Engage Students in Great Literature

Great literature is out there for all ages in all genres, with storylines, characters, and themes to appeal and thrill every reader. But how do we inspire children to come willingly and eagerly to these books? Here are five proven methods.

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Student Independence

By: Emily R. Smith, M.A.Ed.Posted 09/12/14
Student Independence

Teachers want students to believe in themselves, take risks, and reap the rewards when they have successes. How do you encourage students to be more independent and seek answers themselves? Read more for one teacher’s thoughts on how to encourage student independence.

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Crying Wolf - Using Idiomatic Language

By: Suzanne I. Barchers, Ed.D.Posted 08/08/14
Crying Wolf - Using Idiomatic Language

Part of being a literate adult is being able to recognize and use idioms. We teachers use idiomatic language all the time: That was a piece of cake! Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Curiosity killed the cat. Hold your horses. Here are some ideas for teaching idiomatic language to children!

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Math Games: Implementing Standards and Increasing Instructional Rigor

Changing classroom routines and instructional practices can be challenging. Implementing games can make it easier and enjoyable for teachers and students! Here’s how mathematics games can help launch change and address state standards and demands for mathematical rigor.

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Competency or Coverage?

By: Bob SornsonPosted 07/18/14
Competency or Coverage?

“We covered it,” goes the familiar expression, “but they just didn’t learn it.” Crucial skills deserve something better than coverage. To improve early math outcomes and math outcomes for life, we must learn to understand the principles of informed instruction that lead to competency.

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