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Kindness in kindergarten (reblog of Life is baeutiful from kindness blog)

I really enjoyed this post! Even though spelling and grammar are big pet peeves of mine, I think it is important for children to learn to be themselves in writing and have confidence before spelling is important. As they become better readers, it will be something they notice on their own.

Do you remember the name of your kindergarten teacher? I do, mine. Her name was Mrs White. And I remember thinking she must be some older relation of Walt Disney’s Snow White, because she had the same bright blue eyes, short dark hair, red lips and fair skin. I don’t remember much about what we […]

http://kindnessblog.com/2016/01/19/life-is-baeutiful-by-singlestep/

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Bins for being quiet (244 out of 365) #blogaday

http://www.pre-kpages.com/preschool-quiet-bins/

Having a quiet activity for children to do is great during stormy weather, after naptime, or just when things are starting to get rowdy. These ideas are very inventive, especially the one about making fall trees! The children really are learning during these centers.

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Learning from the lapse in teaching (103 out of 365) #blogaday

I took my advice from yesterday, and am thinking about the problems as ways to learn. Today was a management challenge in the afternoon – but I tried various techniques and didn’t give up. I broke down at recess once the students were outside the room, but my CT was very helpful with giving me more ideas and strategies for handling the students. I didn’t even think that I needed to explain to the children what I expect from them :o! It was obvious after she mentioned it that they won’t necessarily follow the normal rules with me. They want to see if they “need” to pay attention and what I will to do when they push the rules. After writing out my goal of letting each day go before I come home, it helped me actually do that. Today, I was looking towards growing and what I would do next time I teach the students. Sometimes, just writing out your goals helps you think about them and stick to it! It works for children as well – there are always the rules for how to act and reminders for certain students’ behavior goals for the day.  strength post2

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Can’t learn without context (74 out of 365) #blogaday #sol15

Thought this post had some good points – we have learned about the importance of having a context for the information being taught in my graduate program. Children need to understand that what they are learning has meaning.

User Generated Education

This is a follow up to a post I wrote, How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn?  The purpose of these posts is to encourage educators to examine practices they take for granted, implement without deep reflection of their efficacy. This post discusses the instructional practice of asking students to memorize information.

How often have students (ourselves included) been asked to memorize mass amounts of facts – historical dates, vocabulary words, science facts, get tested on them, just to forget almost all those memorized facts a week or two later? Given that is this learning experience is more common than not, why do educators insist on continuing this archaic and ineffective instructional practice?

To learn it in isolation is like learning the sentence “Hamlet kills Claudius” without the faintest idea of who either gentleman is–or, for what matter, of what “kill” means. Memorization is a frontage road: It runs…

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