Author Archives: thinkingaboutkids

What are children learning?

Our schools do a miserable job of telling the truth about America’s history. Think about Christopher Columbus, native Americans, immigration, wars started for oil interests, overthrowing democratically elected presidents in other countries…if Americans knew their history, they would be better … Continue reading

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Missing the Point?

Aren’t they missing the point here? Kindergarten is not longer age appropriate. It’s more like what 1st and 2nd grade used to be. So of course children have difficulty. Kindergarten used to be full of play, singing songs, a child’s … Continue reading

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Lovely…in a nutshell

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How Children Naturally Learn

Love and respect for young people needs to be the “common core” of the equation, not fixed standards put together to rank and sort learners into rigid categories, to decide who has passed and who has failed. In order for educational settings to … Continue reading

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What about the What? Finding the Deeper Meaning in Pedagogical Documentation

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. To begin with I would like to wish all the followers and readers of this blog a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year is the time for reflection and resolutions. For me, 201… Source: What … Continue reading

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It may be that of all the voices in the classroom, time actually speaks the loudest. How we use time during the day speaks volumes about our beliefs about teaching and learning and our understanding of the developmental needs of … Continue reading

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Measuring Proficient Teachers Codifies Bad Teaching

Maja Wilson and Alfie Kohn have found themselves in a problematic minority during the accountability era dedicated to standards, high-stakes testing, and the ever-present rubric. Rubrics, they argu… Source: Measuring Proficient Teachers Codifies Bad Teaching

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