A Sense of Wonder

Curiosity is a sense of wonder and openness about the future. It comes partly from the brain wanting to understand or make order out of something that doesn’t make sense. If you have a young child at home, you know that they see the world through the lens of...

Cultivating Curiosity

For most of us, curiosity means a sense of inquisitiveness. Studies suggest that curiosity has a deep impact on learning. Researchers at the University of California, Davis found that brain activity increased when participants were more curious about certain...

It’s Time to Play!

What comes to mind when you think about play? For some of us, play is fun, something we look forward to, and a deep source of joy. For others of us, the very unpredictability and unstructured nature of play makes us uncomfortable. It won’t surprise you to realize that...

Play Helps Students Learn

Play is an essential part of development – it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth.  It is one of the ways humans learn. According to Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child, play is like a ladder of...

Closing a Memorable School Year

People shape their memories of events by how they end, so it is important to think about how you want to end this year with your students. It is a time of year filled with mixed emotions for both teachers and students. You’ve seen some remarkable student growth, and...

Share Rituals to Build Community

Routines in the classroom are an important classroom management tool. Knowing what will happen when they arrive, where their belongings are stored, when breaks and lunch happen, are all part of the daily and weekly routines that help students feel safe and secure. The...