Category Archives: Learning

Poetry Cafe

Willowbrook is celebrating National Poetry Month! Several grade levels have already moved into a poetry writing unit. Teacher Jen Schmidt and Librarian April Eichmiller have created an interactive poetry display outside the library. Students are jotting down small poems and … Continue reading

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

I had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics this week. I joined a few other D30 administrators and teacher leaders. It was intellectually stimulating and reinforced that our math pedagogy and … Continue reading

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Morning Greeting

Our teachers work very hard to cultivate safe and joyful classroom communities. It begins by setting expectations, norms, and routines at the start of the school year. Social-emotional skills are taught throughout the year and classroom meetings promote understanding and … Continue reading

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Student Recognition Breakfast

The Illinois Principals Association – North Cook Region’s Annual Student Recognition Breakfast is one of my very favorite events of the year. Dr. Brown and I had the opportunity to each bring a 5th grade student to be recognized this … Continue reading

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Play and Social Thinking in Kindergarten

When our Kindergarten program shifted to full day, we had the opportunity to re-imagine the school day for our youngest students. Over the past 4 years, our teaching staff created a developmentally-appropriate program that meets the academic, social and emotional … Continue reading

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Dancing through the decades

Last Friday, the Willowbrook students and staff celebrated 50 years as a school community. Each grade level was assigned a decade (e.g, 5th grade had the 1960s, 4th grade had the 1970s). Students explored the popular culture, technology, fashion, and … Continue reading

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A Reading Life

When parents ask what they can do to support the teaching and learning at school, I think first of the importance of fostering a reading life. A passion for reading is one of the greatest gifts a parent can instill … Continue reading

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#LoveTeaching2019

I found myself reflecting on why I love working in the field of education this Valentine’s Day. Of course, it is rewarding to grow the next generation of confident and competent citizens. It provides me with purpose. As one of … Continue reading

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Hello from Camp Echo

This week’s polar vortex made it feel like Mrs. Fetzer, Mr. Pablo, and I were working at Camp Echo (the Rebel Alliance’s settlement on the planet of Hoth). I can’t remember a time when we experienced 3 closed school days … Continue reading

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A Kindergarten Update

This is our 4th year of the full-day Kindergarten Program. We are very proud of the positive culture and high quality of instruction our teachers have cultivated for the students of District 30. Much of this was shared last night … Continue reading

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