UnboundEd Blog

Find the latest research, commentary, and resources to empower educators and help all students meet the challenges of higher standards.

5 Things We’re Reading

This month’s issue of 5 Things We’re Reading is a selection of recent studies, news, and commentary on topics that affect educators in our community. Next time you read something that resonates with you, share it with us on Twitter by mentioning @unboundedu. You can also add your comments by posting this reading list on Facebook. 1. Education inequalities at the school …

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Bear Bag: Tactics for Early Elementary Engagement

Preschool teacher Julie Litwin uses props and engaging questions to make complex science comprehensible to preschool students. In this video, Litwin, an experienced preschool teacher and the assistant director of Noah’s Ark Preschool in Albany, New York, demonstrates an introduction to polar bears. Her multi-prop lesson includes using straws and black paper to explain how a polar bear absorbs heat …

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Educating Mitchell: A Tale of Undoing Bias and a Charge for Change

How often do you think about your privilege and how it may come across in the classroom? Implicit bias is prevalent in our schools, and most times, Black and Latino students bear the brunt of the bias that lives in all of us. In this keynote address from our Summer 2017 Standards Institute, Kristen Ehlman and Lacey Robinson discuss how …

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Replace FOIL with Conceptual Understanding

In this video, Dr. Andrew Chen explains why math educators should replace the “one trick pony” FOIL method with a conceptual instruction that students can apply in multiple situations. Dr. Chen describes: Why the traditional FOIL method most of us learned doesn’t work anymore How to lead students through a “scenic route” that helps students understand why a problem-solving approach …

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Our 5 Most-Read Blogs

In education, knowledge has the most value when it is shared. When we build community around common goals and work to learn from one another, we can reach those goals faster. Here are the top 5 blogs that resonated most with you.

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5 Things We’re Reading Now

Our 5 Things We’re Reading Now series continues this month with a variety of news stories, research and interviews covering topics such as OER, equity and fluency. What have you read recently that struck a chord? Share it with us on Twitter by mentioning @unboundedu and be sure to share our latest reading list with your friends and colleagues on …

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The Owl Hunt: Building Authenticity and Classroom Culture into Math Assessment

In this video, Julie Litwin, an experienced preschool teacher and Assistant Director of Noah’s Ark Preschool in Albany, New York, uses an owl hunt as an example of immersive learning for elementary students. While watching this video, you’ll learn about: Incorporating vocabulary and literacy into an interactive, math assessment Helping young students secure numbers through experiential learning “Purposeful play” and …

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“If you don’t read well, the whole academic proposition isn’t going to happen.” —Dr. David Paige

In this episode of the UnboundEd podcast, Alice Wiggins sits down with Dr. David Paige. They discuss what fluency is, why it’s important, how it develops, and how teachers can support students struggling with fluency. While listening to this episode, you’ll learn about: Why Dr. Paige transitioned from a career in business to education and literacy research How Dr. Paige …

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