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Common “Cor” Standards—#6 and #7 of 10: Daily Practice and Reflection

Part of a series on the real “cor,” or heart,  of all good teaching. #6 Daily Practice Repetition of foundational skills is highly regarded in the fields of art, music, physical education and sports, even video gaming. A vast array of studies report the difference in student performance on tasks and tests requiring memory recall when students […]

A Responsive Classroom Primer

Teachers and school leaders who are just beginning to learn about the Responsive Classroom approach often ask me which book they should read first to get a good overview. It’s true there are an ever-growing number of wonderful books in the Responsive Classroom Library, at least thirty at last count! Margaret Berry Wilson’s latest book, […]

Policy Statement From Doctors Breaks New Ground About Recess

HEADLINE NEWS FOR EDUCATORS AND PARENTS New recommendations from the Council on School Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics published in the January 1, 2013, edition of the journal Pediatrics break new ground in warning parents and educators of the unequivocal harm in reducing, eliminating, or withholding recess from elementary age children. The #1 […]

What to Think About Homework—A Checklist for Parents and Teachers

It’s the end of September and homework is beginning to come home in earnest. Teachers and schools have sent home letters about their homework policies, usually touting its value in teaching study habits and skills, and recommending that children spend a certain amount of time on homework each night (and increase that time as they […]

Common Sense About the Common Core

I regularly check out the Teaching Channel’s blog and newsletter posts (as well their video clips) and recently I read Sarah Brown Wessling’s “Top 10 Common Core Insider Secrets: Free White Paper with Essential Tips for Working with the Common Core” (requires registration). Wessling is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and Teacher Laureate […]

Paying Attention to Child Development: Are We Throwing the Baby Out with the Bath?

In the desire to standardize academic expectations through the Common Core academic standards,  to increase rigor and content knowledge, and to leave no child behind, signs are increasing that we may be leaving childhood behind. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog […]

A great book study for lots of educators

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students by Jessica Minahan & Nancy Rappaport, MD,  is reading I recommend for special education teachers, behavior specialists, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, principals, and classroom teachers, who, of course, will spend the most time with the children described in this […]

On the Child’s Side

The October issue of Kappan has a terrific article by Ross Greene about his approach called “Collaborative Problem Solving” with students in ways that help them participate in the solution to problems of their own making or to strategize about tough situations they may find themselves in at school. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a […]