Closing the Content Knowledge Gap

By Elisha Burns, RAFT Fellow Let me be one of the first to say there is an elephant in the room of education and it is called content knowledge.  As a teacher that has spent a few years teaching I can honestly say that the new Common Core curriculum has really opened...

Learning the Art of Engagment

By Earlene Coleman B.A.,M.Ed   It can be a little unsettling when you think you’re teaching the perfect lesson and actually very few students are paying attention.  Teaching has often been called a “noble profession,” one requiring diligence, patience, and...

Creative Reuse Center Established in Taipei

By Betty Ko, Director, Lovely Taiwan Foundation Tricycles made of chairs from bus and classroom In the center of a busy and bustling Taipei, lies a cleverly titled building called the Creative Reuse Center (CRC). The CRC is a place that’s based on creativity as...

My First Grade Classroom Essentials – An Inside Look at RAFT Activity Kits

By Ashley Estes, First Grade Teacher, St. Elizabeth Seton The school year is in full swing and I cannot believe I have started my fourth year a 1st grade teacher. Over the past few years I have been involved with RAFT and have been lucky enough to have taken classes...

Beyond the Traditional Math

By Courtney Hunter, Resource Specialist As Common Core is being integrated in every classroom amongst all grade levels, it is leaving some parents and children feeling baffled, perplexed, and many times, lost. With the new California Common Core methods students have...

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes!

By Jeanne Lazzarini, Math Master Educator/R&D Specialist, RAFT I have often shared with my students that I make mistakes, and I have learned so much because of them! Sometimes I even purposefully made a mistake in a math lesson to see if students take notice! Let...

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