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Paula White

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Playing with Math

This post was first posted on my personal blog as Visualizing Math. Thanks to David Wees (who has retweeted it) and David Loitz for the push to put it here as well. I love math.  Am I an expert at it?  No.  Do I make mistakes as I teach it?  Probably–but I work hard not … Continue reading

Making It Real…and Making a Difference!

Why did any of us go into education? I would suspect that for many of us it was all about making a difference in the world…the thought of making learning irresistible to kids and having the opportunity to change a life through inciting a love of learning certainly enticed me to the field. I’m in … Continue reading

What if…

every classroom you knew gave these Gifts of Opportunity?  Do YOU give them regularly? While this blog post was written for business, it is SO True for education! What opportunities would you add?     *thanks to @kariweston for the link on Twitter.

Revolution Tools

Got this on Twitter this morning–Revolution Tools–and chuckled at the image…but then acknowledged in my mind how Twitter has indeed revolutionized my professional sharing and growing, and I began thinking of the revolution tools I now use in my classroom. My learning space has changed dramatically since last year. I still have tables and chairs, … Continue reading

Authentic Literacy

Time to Read and Write–and Discuss My fourth grade literacy group right now contains many kids I have not worked with a lot in the past, because our teachers differentiate well students’ levels in literacy. I work with a core group of kids 4 days a week and others who only come in for the … Continue reading

Oddness

With 18 days off for winter break (16 in the calendar and 2 snow days at the beginning) I have time to take for just me. .. and today is one of those. I’m spending today tweeting, blogging,  thinking, reading, looking through the books I have stacked up, basically learning and reflecting! I have a … Continue reading

Action Steps

I know @colonelB (David Britten) asked us to post our action steps the last week of 2010, but we began our winter break early this year with two snow days right at the beginning of it–so I spent those two days sleeping and rejuvenating and I’m now solidly in the “catch up all the thinking … Continue reading

Equity, Opportunity, and Real Learning

I was recently asked in an application  what my interest in K-12 STEM education was.  Here’s my response, along with an additional paragraph with some questions I am considering right now: I remember the fascination I had in high school when I took physics and chemistry. I remember watching and being absorbed in the first … Continue reading

National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform

November 22, 2010 has been declared the National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform, promoted by AASA and ASCD. ASCD has gathered 10 articles, in advance of Monday’s Day of National Blogging, in The New Faces of Ed Reform that discuss reforming education with teachers as leaders and partners in meaningful, lasting change. I can’t wait to see … Continue reading

Another Challenge to ACT

Got up this morning to see a Twitter conversation between my Superintendent, Pam Moran, and a friend, Ann Leaness about setting up a flickr account to show pictures of everyone’s schools.  The idea was to  be able to look at the diversity of buildings around the world, gathered in one Flickr account. Cool idea, cool … Continue reading

Incidental Learning

I shared a lesson in Kindergarten on Sept. 17th which happened to be the 17th day of school for us. As I was walking down to the class, I realized that and that I taught Kindergarten for 17 years before moving on to other grade levels. Who cares about those 17s? Well, I do, because … Continue reading

Museums, Playgrounds or Something Else?

I guess I’m a really lucky–or blessed–educator.  I’ve been afforded a ton of great opportunities throughout my career, and those experiences have not only helped to shape my beliefs and actions, but more often than not, reinforced them. You see, I believe in children’s abilities to think for themselves, and to a certain extent to … Continue reading

Time to Explore Passions in School?

Our county has this time in school in many of our elementary schools called Mastery Extension time or Extended Learning Time–a 30-45 minute time period in EVERY class where Title 1 pullout may happen, sometimes gifted pullout happens, remedial pullout happens and the idea is for kids to get extra time on something they either … Continue reading

Understanding Teaching

I recently wrote this sentence on the 6 Schools, 5 Decades and 1 Dedicated Teacher post: Leading and learning with the adults that surround your kids is just as important as leading and learning daily with your students. Teaching in a silo-especially when you are good at it–is like living in a well, deep and cold. I … Continue reading

20 Year Old Dinosaurs

Adam and Monika, this one’s for you, in response to your comment here and the ensuing conversation about learning. This is also cross-posted at Reflections of the TZSTeacher. When I taught kindergarten, I had a unit about dinosaurs. Young children are fascinated by dinosaurs.  I don’t know if it’s the “monster” connection, or the big … Continue reading

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