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blog_literacy-1.jpgFirst grade students spend two weeks each spring learning about domestic and global poverty through a critical literacy unit. Critical literacy instruction is one way to engage students in the study of other cultures, current events and social justice in a developmentally appropriate way. The format aims to teach students how to read a text in a...Read more

Over the past few years I have seen a great push in schools across the country for getting children moving in their classrooms. Research is showing all of the connections between active children and learning. Many educators from all over have seen the benefits of recess and physical education and have begun to take this concept a step further.  

As a P.E. teacher, I can’t help but continue the push for more movement in the classroom. I have been reading a few books on this topic and studying more intentional use of movement in the classroom. One book is called the...Read more

The students in the first grade through sixth grades have been learning and cheering each other on in the foreign language classroom with the game Kahoot! At Rossman, we keep up with the latest in technology and game-based learning, and our students reap many benefits.

Kahoot is a free game learning application based on responses from student teams. I upload questions that appear on the students’ screens, and they electronically submit their best...Read more

Young children, like adults, can feel stressed. Can you recognize when your child is stressed? A consumer survey by WebMD showed that children often show stress by displaying negative behaviors. Increased arguing, whining, aggression or worry are just a few examples. Sometimes the stress is manifested by physical symptoms such as stomach pain, headaches, decreased concentration or difficulty sleeping. So, what can we, as parents, do to help our children with stress?

There are a few ways that parents can help reduce the stress in our children’s lives:

  1. Be a role model by
  2. ...Read more

Did you know that your brain can hold 100 times more information than a computer? Did you know sunsets on Mars are blue? Or that there is a beach in Hawaii with green sand? These are some of the “Did You Know?” facts you might find on the Lower School science classroom board each day. In my  Lower School science classroom I want to spark the interest of learning for my students every day.

I have always believed in learning something new everyday and I want to instill that habit into our students at Rossman. Reading a simple fun fact every day on the board is sometimes the only thing...Read more

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