Learning multiplication facts is an essential part of your child’s elementary education. Believe me, I never thought I’d be the teacher to say that. But, if you’ve ever been the adult who administers a math assessment, you have likely also experienced the flip side of that equation: Math anxiety.
The connection easiest made to winter learning is to local history. Milwaukee’s a great place for a bike ride in the park! Similar to the grand “Ring of Parks,” the evolution ofThe Oak Leaf Trail was strongly influenced by German culture and depended heavily on the fate of the county’s parks and freeways.
Winter learning includes the discovery, exploration and connecting to our natural world during this important season.
Getting students outdoors, even just for 20 minutes, and engaged in environmental activities offers many benefits. This is true during winter and beyond.
Outdoor Learning includes the discovery, learning about and connecting to our natural world. Getting students outdoors, even for as little as 20 minutes, and engaged in environmental activities offers many benefits. Outdoor Learning includes the discovery, learning about and connecting to our natural world. Getting students outdoors, even for as little as 20 minutes, and engaged in environmental activities offers many benefits. I now call it the 20/20 Vision: 20+ minutes of outdoors and 20+ minutes of reading each day!
Walking with Nature: New research shows walking and talking enhances our mental creativity. The primary source of walking’s cognitive benefits seems to come from its effects on the mysterious spontaneous fluctuations of our brains. Reason is not the source of intelligence. Instead, it’s the product of it.
Walking with nature also makes us feel good. It releases endorphins which lowers our risk of depression. Walking with nature also increases cognitive functioning and strengthens our memory.
Print Dictionaries: According to students, it’s so much easier to ask Alexa for a definition than to open a book.
We live in a fast-moving world. Being able to access information as quickly as possible is a good thing, right? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Online resources often can’t compare to their printed counterparts. And when needing a dictionary, this could not be more true.
Classroom Celebrations should ‘follow the child.’
In the classroom, this means allowing children to experience and engage in activities independently. The inverse is also true: It means resisting the urge to lead the child but instead to create an environment encouraging self-direction.
Therefore, classroom celebrations should not be a directive from above. Instead they should develop organically inside the classroom.
Grace and courtesy is the Classroom Management System designed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori believed education should function as an aid to life. In fact, she viewed this to be the ultimate goal of education, holding even greater importance than imparting knowledge. Here’s why.