Meghan Brtnik

Infinity Thoughts

“Infinity is not a number, it’s a concept!” exclaimed one kindergarten student.  “What’s a concept?” questioned another. Over the past month, there has been a lot of chatter between the Sprouts about exactly what infinity is.  I decided to take some time in math class the next morning to explore infinity in more detail. I…

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Kindergarten/First Grade Classroom

How can we encourage kids to think critically from an early age? Through an activity that every child is already an expert at – asking questions! The trick is to go beyond simple “what” questions and start asking more complex “how” and “why” questions. I decided to use the book One Plastic Bag to help…

Spring And Poetry Are In The Air

Being that it’s poetry month, my Kindergarten-first grade class started reading more poetry over the past two weeks and we have started writing our own poems!  The kids are so creative and motivated, it’s a treat to see. We started with acrostic poems. Acrostic poems are very concrete and accessible for students writing at all…