Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience
Quirky confession. When we moved to a new state and were trying to zero in on a place to land, I perused elementary school websites over and over to assess how much time they allowed for recess. That was one … Continue reading
The idea of guiding a large group of children can send some adults into a cold-sweat panic. What they may have envisioned as an idyllic reading of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” or a thoughtful conversation about the life cycle … Continue reading
Rigor in Early Education. “I do not think it means what you think it means.”: Read Along Section 8-What If Everybody Understood Child Development?
You know that famous scene in The Princess Bride, when the legendary Spanish swordsman, Inigo Montoya, says, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Growing up in the 80s and 90s, my brother’s room was a shrine to Michael Jordan. After I came home one day, devastated about missing out on a part for a children’s theater production, I was taken by my brother … Continue reading
An Assessment of the Testing Culture: Read Along Section 6 – What If Everybody Understood Child Development?
The topic of “testing” gets a very passionate response from educators (and parents), and not usually a very good one. But ask them about assessments, and you’re likely to get a very different response. It may be a matter of … Continue reading
Wait! What Happened to Recess? : Read Along Section 5 – What If Everybody Understood Child Development?
The mystery of the disappearing recess, is not an uncommon topic of discussion in elementary education. The majority of adults remember a morning recess, a lunch recess, and an afternoon recess. I think most Americans would hazard a guess and … Continue reading