Category Archives: Learning

Parent Teacher Conferences

You can register for your fall parent-teacher conference anytime between 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 1 and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10. You will register at http://www.ptconferencemaker.com/willow Parent-teacher conferences are on October 17 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. and … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

Research has shown that kids who do not read regularly over the summer can lose up to 3 months of progress. Think about that cumulative reading loss over the course of elementary school! We think it is very important that … Continue reading

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Butterfly Garden

Our 1st grade students had an opportunity to help plant a beautiful new garden in the front of the school today. A butterfly garden was brought to Willowbrook School courtesy of the district’s Environmental Awareness Committee. Committee representative Melanie Roth … Continue reading

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A window into the classroom

More than ever, teachers are providing parents with a window into the classroom with social media and other web-based applications. Many teachers are empowering their students to contribute or direct aspects of the classroom communication. Students are motivated by working … Continue reading

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Grade 4 Energy Vlogs

Our 4th grade students explored renewable and non renewable resources in their most recent science unit.  Among other learning standards, this activity was aligned with Next Generation Science Standard 4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels … Continue reading

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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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