Changing Our Thinking: Stop Waiting For All The Kids

There are many practices from long ago that we need to rethink as teachers. This series looks to bring up those practices and offer alternate ideas that are more relevant in today’s classroom. Today we’re discussing waiting for all kids to be finished. Why we wait As teachers, we spend a lot of time waiting. We wait for our whole class to line up before taking them to specials. We wait for the whole class to sit on the carpet before beginning a lesson. We wait for all kids to finish eating snack before we move on. We wait patiently…

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Zone of Proximal Development in Balanced Literacy

Welcome back to our balanced literacy series! Today the focus is on the zone of proximal development and using that within the gradual release model that balanced literacy follows. This post is meant to build a collective understanding of the ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) and gradual release model so that you know what’s what when we get into later details of the framework. If you haven’t read the first two posts of the series, take a minute right now to read about the framework and the components. Zone of Proximal Development I can remember sitting in my Ed Psych…

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Flexible Seating Without Spending a Cent!

*While cleaning out my blog’s draft folder I found this gem from last year. Flexible seating doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be expensive! Get Real! Imagine that you are on your way to a professional development session. You walk in, see your teacher bestie and go to sit down. As soon as you reach her table she shakes her head and says, “we have to sit in assigned seats.” As you turn to find out where to sit you have a sinking feeling and want to be there even less than before. You find the table only…

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