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The Wheels are Turning

I am in Orlando, Florida this week working on my own professional learning at the 2017 Learning Forward (LF) annual conference (https://learningforward.org/). Tis the season for this educator to learn and grow with colleagues. It is a week where we immerse ourselves in a like-minded culture. We are behind the curtain of Professional Learning to… Continue Reading

Games That Promote Mathematical Thinking

A few years ago, I went to a conference where I was able to listen to Keith Devlin, a noted mathematician from Stanford, talk about using technology, particularly computer games, to help students think mathematically. He made the case that the symbols we use to represent mathematics, like numerals, operation signs, etc. create a barrier… Continue Reading

The Gift of Play

“When you ask me what I did in school today and I say, ‘I just played,’ please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I am learning as I play. I am learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. Today I am a child and my work is play.” – Anita Wadley, 1974. The… Continue Reading

Then and Now, From Scientific Inquiry to Three Dimensional

 I was excited to see a recent email from the National Science Teachers Association with the headline, “Congratulations New Mexico for Adopting the NGSS.” To date, 20 states, along with the District of Columbia, have officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. As an educator who holds science close to my heart, it is very… Continue Reading

Do Teachers Really Teach?

Picture a beach along California’s beautiful coast with sand, sun, and a light breeze. Waves crash with regularity. Now imagine that one particular wave comes higher up the beach and splashes into a collection of driftwood. The effect of the wave on the wood depends on the wood’s weight, shape, and size. In short, the… Continue Reading