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Public Speaking Used to Be Scarier
Second grade girls perform at the Edgewood Talent Show. I am always astonished at the ease with which Edgewood students rise to the challenge of public performances. Whether it' (More)
Do Your Students Care About Your Writing Assignments?
Now that's an offensive question. It presumes that students might not. And that the teacher dictates what a child will write in the classroom. And when does that happen? Because in school students have plenty of opportunities to write freely... durin (More)
The Super Weird Annie Rehearsal!
I wiggled, jiggled, and squirmed SO much in my seat backstage! My servant scene was almost coming up and I was Mrs. Pugh! “When is it my turn?!” I can’t sit still because I’m too excited!   Ten minutes until my scene... Five minutes until (More)
The Super Weird Annie Rehearsal!
I wiggled, jiggled, and squirmed SO much in my seat backstage! My servant scene was almost coming up and I was Mrs. Pugh! “When is it my turn?!” I can’t sit still because I’m too excited!   Ten minutes until my scene... Five minutes until (More)
My Birthday
  “Hmmm…” I woke up and stretched my arms. I was exhausted because today is finally my birthday. “Is that my family I hear coming up the stairs?”  I asked myself. My family open the door and they start singing “The Happy Birthday” song (More)
It's Their Story, Not Mine
     I have a small group of 4th grade students who produced a video that documented a grade-wide project. Three classes pitched in to design (More)
Blogging & Social Media in the Elementary Classroom
My teaching philosophy has always involved a making component long before Makerspaces were mainstream. I believe in hands-on learning. Embodied cognition means to learn by doing; and similar to playing with fraction pieces to gain an understanding of (More)
A Blog is Not a Container!
This past year we have had a lot of  Scarsdale elementary students blogging for the first time in their lives. Teachers across the district have spent time developing lessons to study the genre of blogging. This past week ILA published aMore)
Skate Park
I pushed open the door and said, “Can we go to the skate park?“ “Sure,” my mom said. “Do you want to invite someone?” my mom asked. “Yay,” my brother said. “OK I’ll invite them a couple minutes later.” “They said yes.” So we got in (More)
Hola!!!! Aloha!!!! Bonjour!!!! HELLO!!!!
Hello, my name is Ryan. This is my first time blogging ever!!! I am very excited to start blogging! My favorite sport is Hockey. And my favorite Hockey team is the New York Rangers.  My favorite food is Pizza. My favorite colors is Royal Blue. I have (More)
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