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On Saying “I don’t know.”

Twenty-first-century education can not be about simply filling kids’ heads with knowledge, but rather it is about teaching them the skills and attitudes that they need to become learners.  Today, through our digital connections, more information and knowledge than ever is at our fingertips.  Just to read through everything on Wikipedia would take a lifetime. …

Sharing News

There is magic in sharing personal stories that go beyond books or storytelling. Perhaps it’s the special way children feel when they know that others are listening to a story about something that was their own unique experience.  In the Polka Dots classroom, we make time to share quotnewsquot every morning during morning circle.  Kids…

Gender Relations in the Classroom

A couple of weeks ago, two students in my room—a boy and a girl, friends who often play as part of the same group—were on the outs. Small conflicts kept erupting. On the advice of one of our parent volunteers, who had just finished a difficult recess with them, I pulled those two students aside…