My little boy has several teachers at daycare, so everyday he is with a different teacher when I pick him up. Most days he claps his hands and rushes towards me when he sees me -- except when he's with Ms. Denise. When she is there with him at the end of the day, he… Continue reading Laugh, smile, play
What's our knee jerk reaction when we see a kid doing something like this? That's my 10-month old son -- and he is CONSTANTLY into everything. I must admit my split second reaction is one of "grab him and get him interested in something else." But then I recall all the research I'm doing on… Continue reading Play = Learning!
After a bit of reflection on joy and efficiency yesterday, I poked around a bit to figure out what neuroscience could teach me about the science of joy and learning. I found a great 2007 article in ASCD's Educational Leadership called "The Neuroscience of Joyful Education," by Judy Willis. Willis reports: Cognitive psychology studies provide… Continue reading Three rules for planning brain-friendly, joyful lessons
Around this time of year kids (and teachers) get antsy. It's cold outside and spring break is not yet in sight. Classroom procedures start to slip and students fall behind on homework. So, I'm reaching into the Ed2Save vault for a little inspiration to keep up the joy and efficiency of the classroom. It's always… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Joy is a key ingredient in efficiency
Here is a printable Joyful, Efficient Resource from some of our best posts on joyful and efficient classrooms. Old Thinking New Thinking How many things can I accomplish in a day? How can I best spend my time to maximize results? Efficient meant getting things done quickly. Efficient means spending time on things that matter. Focus on short term accomplishments. Focus on the long term.… Continue reading What are joyful and efficient classrooms?