Category Archives: Learning

Big Ideas in Math

As you may know, District 30 adopted a math curriculum and a set of materials that place a strong emphasis conceptual reasoning.  Our program is rooted in the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach developed by American psychologist Jerome Bruner.  Each … Continue reading

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Deep Understanding

District 30 is a learning system. We are fortunate to have a board of education that understands the power of professional learning and its effect on student learning. Our staff and administration are committed to their craft. The past 2 … Continue reading

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School Improvement Plan

I presented this year’s school improvement plan at our PTO’s “Second Cup of Coffee” meeting this morning.  Thank you to the parents in attendance.  I appreciate their thoughtful questions and the subsequent discussion.  We have a supportive and talented parent … Continue reading

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Play Packs

As you may know, Willowbrook’s school-wide theme is around PLAY this year.  We believe that play is essential for learning.  This is an opportunity for more holistic learning experiences – to find natural ways to include play in our day-to-day … Continue reading

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Do you have any educational podcasts that you would like to share?

Do you subscribe to any podcasts?  Have you considered this professional learning (and entertainment) tool?  There is a great app native to your iPhone or iPad.  Hint – it’s colored purple.  Here are a few education related podcasts that I … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Conference Presentation

The talented Kindergarten Team and I presented at the statewide Pre-K & Kindergarten Conference last week.  The title of our session was “Transition to Full Day Kindergarten: A case study of developmentally appropriate practice”.  The experience caused us to reflect … Continue reading

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Community of Learners

Lighted School House is one of my favorite events of the year!  Willowbrook School was buzzing with excitement and joy last night as students led their parents on a tour of their classrooms and the building.  I saw pride in … Continue reading

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Soliciting More Student Wonders

As you know, this year’s school theme is “Willowbrook Wonders”.  We hope to spark big questions and promote greater curiosity in our Wildcats.  In the classroom, you will find Wonder Journals, Wonder Buddies, inquiry projects, etc.  Over the morning announcements, I … Continue reading

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Why is the library so loud?

Have you noticed that libraries are not as quiet as they used to be?  Maybe you have visited the children’s section of your public library and seen the movement and heard the play.  Sometimes, our substitute teachers at Willowbrook can … Continue reading

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Willowbrook School Report

We have so much to be grateful for in District 30.  Our Board of Education supports innovative programming.  The parent community places significant value on education.  Our students are kind and respectful.  Our teachers are passionate and committed.  It’s great … Continue reading

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