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Late Childhood
The Common Core has made the learning of frequently used academic vocabulary words a top priority in their focus on creating standards in the public schools.   It follows then that finding just the right instructional strategies to teach these words is an important task for K-12 teachers.  Here is an 8-step strategic plan that you...
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  This week a revised and updated version of my book for children, You’re Smarter Than You Think:  A Kids’ Guide to Multiple Intelligences, was published by Free Spirit Publishing.  The book includes a new chapter on Gardner’s possible ninth intelligence (existential intelligence – the intelligence of concern with ultimate life issues), which I call in the...
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This blog post of mine originally appeared in Gail and Paul Dennison’s new website Hearts at Play, on Thursday, August 29, 2013.   The Dennison’s are the co-founders of Brain Gym® which has helped so many kids with learning difficulties achieve success in school, home, and life.  I am happy to connect with them on this...
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On July 23, 2013, I did a full-day workshop for new teachers at Yav Pem Suab Academy in Sacramento, CA.  Yav Pem Suab Academy is a public elementary school which is part of the Urban Charter Schools Collective.  It primarily serves the Hmong population in Sacramento.  The Hmong are fiercely independent hill people from Southeast Asia who...
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On Saturday, March 2, 2013 I conducted a workshop with teachers from the Urban Charter Schools Collective, a coalition of schools in urban areas around California that operate under charters allowing them more freedom to innovate in their curriculum and administration.  About half of the participants were from the Yav Pem Suab Academy, a public elementary school...
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