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3 Tips for Ensuring Children Know We Believe in Them

Posted by meaningmatters on September 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Turgeon

As I walked into my son’s classroom for curriculum night I knew immediately why he was having such a phenomenal year in fourth grade. It was a simple sign, which hung directly above the daily schedule.

When I asked my son why he loved school he said,  “My teacher likes me and knows I can do it, if I try my best”. Not only did the s...

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Dear Government, Please Stop Micromanaging Teachers,

Posted by meaningmatters on September 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Turgeon

Dear Government,

Please stop micromanaging your teachers. They are professionals who have attended colleges and universities to become experts in educating children. Within five years of practical teaching experience in a classroom, they have all attained Master’s Degrees. By the year 2016 all teachers will also have taken RETELL which makes them highly qualified to teach English Language Learners. They participate in district wide professional deve...

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3 Reasons Beyond the Common Core to Write Non-Fiction

Posted by meaningmatters on April 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (1)

3 Reasons Beyond the Common Core to Have Young Children Write Non-Fiction 

The Common Core has placed a strong emphasis on the use of non-fiction in the classroom. Now learners of all ages need
 to become acquainted with the structures and features of informational texts, 
both as readers and as writers. More recently I have made an extended effort to explore non-fiction writing with my kindergarten children. I see many reasons, beyond the Common Core, ...

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