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The Last Great Story

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The Last Great Story
... This "final" story is a summation of the children’s lives and learning in the elementary, an invitation to reflect upon all that they now know, and it provides them with an opportunity to consider all of the relationships of that exist in the world and universe around them. 

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The Story of Clever Hans

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The Story of Clever Hans
Clever Hans, an amazing horse who could apparently (among other things) read, spell, and perform mathematical calculations, became famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Arising from studies of this animal came what is now known as "The Clever Hans Effect", which has a great deal to offer us as educators ...

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Montessori Was Ahead of Her Time - AGAIN!

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Montessori Was Ahead of Her Time - AGAIN!
Maria Montessori's approach to literacy is mirrored in recent neuroscience discoveries, and in the results of literacy research.

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Palindromic Addition

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Palindromic Addition
What can you do if children really would benefit from some addition practice, but they aren’t particularly interested in practicing addition? Palindromic Addition is a “device” that can be introduced to the children on such occasions. I have found that it often leads to a sudden surge in addition practice!

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Going Out - Stalking and Tracking

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Going Out - Stalking and Tracking
There are skills associated with safely exploring nature, and elementary children find learning these skills to be irresistible.  Even if their access to wild areas is limited or non-existent, they can apply the same skills to experiences in parklands, in gardens, and even in vacant lots.  What follows are some notes on skills that can be introduced to elementary children ...

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