Competencies vs. Skills

Competencies vs. Skills

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century.  The ensuing conversations have provided an opportunity for schools, districts, and organizations to critically evaluate what students need to know and be able to do in order… Read More

Be mindful: How a tech tool can help

Be mindful: How a tech tool can help

Cindy Price, a first-grade teacher, wanted a way to get her students focused and calm. Even after 24 years of teaching, Price isn’t afraid to try something new. She had heard about mindfulness practices, which include being present in the moment, observing without being too… Read More

In Search of Something More vs. Community Belonging

In Search of Something More vs. Community Belonging

I heard two things that got me thinking the other day. Actually, three, but let’s do this one at a time. I have already written about being a Third Culture Person, someone who has lived in so many places that she can’t pinpoint where she… Read More

7 Tips for Creating an Irresistible Curriculum

7 Tips for Creating an Irresistible Curriculum

I’m never going to use this in real life! Every student has made this claim at least once before. As students make their way through their academic career, they often question the importance and applicability of their lessons. It is not only evident in this… Read More

Teach Math the Way They’ll Understand It!

Teach Math the Way They’ll Understand It!

What is Conceptual Understanding? A quick search of the net will bring up numerous long-winded, tedious definitions of conceptual understanding within a mathematics context. This one from Dreambox is more palatable than most: Conceptual understanding is knowing more than isolated facts and methods. The successful student… Read More