kindergarten

Connecting Across Cultures While Caring for the Planet – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Mariano Zuk created an interdisciplinary unit for his kindergarten students with two main focuses: caring about the planet and collaborating with schools around the world. Among other hands-on projects, students created artwork, had a video call with an ocean expert, and co-created a story about Earth with classrooms around the world. Mariano Zuk is a kindergarten teacher at Singapore International School of Bangkok in Thailand. Mariano is originally from Argentina. Photo courtesy Mariano Zuk What inspired your project, and how…

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Respect in the Classroom: Earned, Not Expected – Education Article

There was a sub for one of my paras a couple of weeks ago and she set up shop in my classroom. We went through the day as usual, with her thoroughly enjoying her role after being out of the classroom for the past few years. At the end of the day, as I was thanking her for all she had done, the bell rang and a steady stream of kids began filtering into my room for their afterschool hugs…

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Preparing Students For Teacher Absences – Education Article

I was gone two days this week because my fiancé had back surgery. Two. Whole. Days. This may not seem like much to most, but I teach special education with some very routine-oriented students and this was a huge whammy in their little lives. I know we want our classrooms to become autonomous and for kids to be flexible when life happens to their teachers, but sometimes I think we forget about how important we are in their little lives.…

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Yesterday was National Wildlife Day, created in… – Education Article

Yesterday was National Wildlife Day, created in 2005 and carried forward in the memory of animal lover and conservationist Steve Irwin. Irwin sought to educate the public, especially children, about conservation and endangered animals. FFT Fellow Leane Mortell and her fellowship in South Africa perpetuates his dream. Queen of the Jungle Leanne Mortell, kindergarten teacher at Bluff Elementary School in Claremont, NH, shares below “A Day in the Life” of her Fund for Teachers fellowship. She used her grant to…

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Dissing the Family Crazies: A Christmas Story – Education Article

Ahhhh… the two weeks teachers wait for that never seem to get here fast enough. I was so ready to be done with 2018 I had a collection of white flags hidden in my desk that I found myself waving ever so slightly throughout that last week of school. So as I got off of winter break, I hastily tried to get caught up on everything that I’ve been behind on since July. Especially this year because I thought Christmas was…

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Ms. Pacheco’s Kindergarten and the Importance of “Tracking, Not Watching” – Education Article

01.10.19Ms. Pacheco’s Kindergarten and the Importance of “Tracking, Not Watching” Why we have to get it right       Wanted to take a moment to share a really lovely and elegant video from Narlene Pacheco’s kindergarten classroom at Partnership NYC’s Immaculate Conception School in the Bronx. Narlene’s teaching demonstrates a lot of elements of the Check for Understanding (CFU) technique, most of all Tracking Not Watching– the idea that careful observation for mastery is a teacher’s first task. That’s…

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