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Kate's Blog: The perseverance of young journalists

Earlier this fall, a group of 5th graders approached Mrs. Brooks, in her role as Student Council Advisor, about starting a school newspaper.  Now, Mrs. Brooks and I have been down this road before, many a time.  We don’t have enough time with the...

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Kate's Blog: Homework?

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Kate's Blog: An SEL moment - to tell or not to tell

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Kate's Blog: Teachers Explore SEL and Design Thinking

Last Monday, the entire faculty participated in a day-long in-service focused on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and 21st century skills.  We reviewed research and theory, and then engaged in activities and active learning.  The day was...

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Kate's Blog: Lunch, revised

After listening to feedback from students, parents, and teachers, as well as trying to help manage the lunch tables, we have decided to revise our table groupings.  We still do want to assign tables within the grades, in order to continue to...

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Kate's Blog: Suggested reading/listening as we go back to school

It’s been a very busy month of back-to-school, which means that I have been remiss in attending to my blog.  It seems that many people are busy thinking about how children learn best, what we need to teach (as both parents and educators), and how...

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Kate's Blog: Lunchtime Learning

Lunch and recess are integral parts of an elementary student’s day.  Many of us have asked a child, “What is your favorite subject?” and heard the answer “lunch” or “recess”.  It makes us laugh, as we expected to hear “reading” or “science” or...

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Discovering the world

Today on the way to work, a few ideas I had been having clicked together, thanks to a “Perspective” on KQED.  It all centers around the idea of discovery as the key aspect of learning.

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Summer Suggestions

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of the school year! Part of my disbelief might come from the late arrival of summer weather, but I know much of it is because time just flies by these days. But even if we’re not yet feeling the...

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3 good reads for parents and teachers alike

This week I want to share what I’ve been reading lately – not that I cried through the beautiful ending of Cutting For Stone, but the reading related to teaching and learning. The three I’m highlighting fit with the discussions we’ve been having...

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