My Mission: Early Childhood Education

“The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.” Bill Gates, Sr. Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

After reading an article where I first saw this quote, I made early childhood education my mission. Although I teach first grade and the students are older than 5 years, I see the negative effects of children whose early years did not include books, music, numbers, and games where they improve their fine motor skills.… Visit the author's original post

My Mission: Early Childhood Education

“The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.” Bill Gates, Sr. Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

After reading an article where I first saw this quote, I made early childhood education my mission. Although I teach first grade and the students are older than 5 years, I see the negative effects of children whose early years did not include books, music, numbers, and games where they improve their fine motor skills.… Visit the author's original post

My Mission: Early Childhood Education

“The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.” Bill Gates, Sr. Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

After reading an article where I first saw this quote, I made early childhood education my mission. Although I teach first grade and the students are older than 5 years, I see the negative effects of children whose early years did not include books, music, numbers, and games where they improve their fine motor skills.… Visit the author's original post

Skype in the Classroom

What’s the hype with Skype? In my classroom, we use Skype to bring special speakers to the class who are too far away to attend in person. Our school is in a rural Appalachian town in Kentucky. A visit to a bigger city is trip over 300 miles away. This is prohibitive in terms of cost and time. So, we are thrilled to be able to interact with speakers many miles away.

A few years ago, the first Skype session we had was with a soldier in Iraq who had been a member of the technology club I sponsor.… Visit the author's original post

Skype in the Classroom

What’s the hype with Skype? In my classroom, we use Skype to bring special speakers to the class who are too far away to attend in person. Our school is in a rural Appalachian town in Kentucky. A visit to a bigger city is trip over 300 miles away. This is prohibitive in terms of cost and time. So, we are thrilled to be able to interact with speakers many miles away.

A few years ago, the first Skype session we had was with a soldier in Iraq who had been a member of the technology club I sponsor.… Visit the author's original post

Inventing Lessons for All Learners

“Necessity is the mother of invention” (Plato) is a quote my father used when explaining his ability to earn patents for his inventions in the auto industry. I was always so impressed with his ability to envision and prototype new products. He took it in stride because he felt he was merely inventing something to meet a need. In the same manner, as teachers and inventors of great lessons, we are encountering students who have needs as learners.  If we truly care, we will go outside of the box to meet each and every special need.… Visit the author's original post

Inventing Lessons for All Learners

“Necessity is the mother of invention” (Plato) is a quote my father used when explaining his ability to earn patents for his inventions in the auto industry. I was always so impressed with his ability to envision and prototype new products. He took it in stride because he felt he was merely inventing something to meet a need. In the same manner, as teachers and inventors of great lessons, we are encountering students who have needs as learners.  If we truly care, we will go outside of the box to meet each and every special need.… Visit the author's original post