August 19, 2018

For years in my classroom, literacy was the “it girl” getting all the attention and beginning-of-the-year hoopla: inquiry-driven immersion weeks and pep rally launch units for both reading and writing. Eventually, word study also got its due, as we kicked off a year of exciting word collecting with a logophile’s launch. Math… just started. So serious, so blah, so… typical. It wasn’t hard to see th...

March 22, 2018

This is how I thought about science as a first year sixth-grade science teacher: So much content and so few days to teach it all. I needed to get all those facts and content into their 12-year-old heads as fast as possible. A few weeks into a unit, though, I noticed sub-zero levels  of engagement, motivation, and care for science. I remember thinking, “What is wrong with these kids?? Science is AH...

How do we get our students to continue to take risks that really matter?

We are born curious. We ask questions. We explore possibilities. We are undeniably interested in all that surrounds us. As we dive deeper into our school year, it is our responsibility to continue creating opportunities for students so that they are able to access that thrill of wonder. We want to build a space where students...

This post was written by consultants Laura Sarsten and Pam Koutrakos.

September seems to creep up on us faster and faster each year! As August comes to a close, it is very possible to feel a touch of the “end-of-summer blues.”  But with every ending comes a new beginning, and we can take these last couple weeks to reignite our learning passions, redefine our goals with excitement, and make the...

This post is written by teachers Laura Sarsten and Pam Koutrakos

Many of us can relate to the often rushed, multi-tasking whirlwind of teaching. For some of us, the idea of being present may seem mysterious, elusive, or even luxurious.  A sense of peace and full commitment to “the moment” might feel far away from our current classroom routine.  However, we believe that being fully present in our pr...

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