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Dec 2017
Vol 14 No 4
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Archive for the ‘Abigail Flesch Connors’ Category

When Yoda Taught Pre-K

By Abigail Flesch Connors • Aug 7th, 2017
Recently, a team of archaeologists in the Dagobah system discovered an ancient parchment. Estimated to date from at least four million years B.C., or as researchers stated, “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away,” it is written in a language resembling a clumsy and annoying version of English. In the very first paragraph, the writer reveals himself to be none other than the Jedi master Yoda. The document’s contents appear to solve the mystery of Yoda’s “lost years,” during which scholars had previously speculated the tiny green guru had been hanging out in cantinas, practicing his wise, enigmatic smile and legendary dance moves. The ancient text tells a far different story. Apparently, long after he had become a Jedi master, Yoda, through centuries of study and meditation, achieved an even higher level of wisdom, and was initiated into the “highest path,” that of the early childhood teacher.


Young Children Need These ACTIVE Music Activities!

By Abigail Flesch Connors • Jul 1st, 2015
“Criss-cross applesauce.” “Fold your legs like a pretzel.” “Hold a bubble in your mouth.” If you’re like most teachers of young children you have various tricks and techniques like these to get your class to settle down and be quiet. I do myself. But do you ever wonder why we need these little tricks? It’s because sitting down and being quiet is not a natural or comfortable state for young children. It’s as if a director or principal began a staff meeting by asking everyone to stand on their heads! From the author's latest book, this article includes 2 unique, upbeat and engaging active music activities you can easily implement in your classroom or music program!


Wait for It… (A Fun Way to Nurture Children’s Curiosity)

By Abigail Flesch Connors • Mar 1st, 2015
My teaching style would definitely fall under the heading of Suspense. I’m lucky in that I’m a music teacher, and I have lots of intriguing sounds at my disposal. Most young children will look up at the jingling of a bell or the rattling of a maraca. But all teachers have ways of getting children’s attention – rhymes, clapping, hand signals like the peace sign, things like that. It’s not so much the getting of attention that’s the problem, it’s the holding of attention It’s keeping them curious, involved and engaged. That’s where my strategic use of suspense comes in. Want to know how I do it? You do, don’t you? And I’m going to tell you… right now!


A Teacher’s Summer Resolutions

By Abigail Flesch Connors • Jul 1st, 2014
I know! Summer isn’t resolution time! Summer is for chilling out and kicking back, not for getting all serious and resolution-y! But I have to confess, I’m a natural-born resolution-maker, and it takes more than sunshine and time off to stop me from planning, dreaming, and yes, resolving. Besides, summer is the perfect time to delve into projects I’ve been putting off – learning something new, practicing new techniques, reading inspiring books for educators – whatever I’ve wanted to do, but haven’t had time for during the always busier-than-I-thought-it-would-be school year. My resolutions this summer range from the hard-core practical to the wildly whimsical, from the better-get-this-done-soon to the “maybe someday.” But all of them are bouncing around in my mind with the goal of becoming a better teacher. I resolve to...


Using Puppets to Improve Reading Comprehension

By Abby Connors • May 1st, 2012
Puppets can be used to bring out students' best, most rigorous thinking!


I Love Interruptions!

By Abigail Flesch Connors • Jun 1st, 2011
Interruptions can be annoying and frustrating for teachers of young children. But interruptions, whether relevant or irrelevant, can give us valuable feedback about the effectiveness of our teaching.


How Should We Teach Creative Thinking? Ask a Four-Year-Old

By Abigail Flesch Connors • Nov 1st, 2010
Young children are the experts when it comes to creative thinking. Here are some practical tips the author has used to foster creative thinking in students of all ages.


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