“Again!” He pushes the book back into my hands. “Again, Ms. Sylvan, AGAIN!” We’ve read this one four times already today. “We’ve read this one so many times! Would you like to pick a different one this time?” “NO! THIS ONE! AGAIN!” Again. This one. Nothing else will do.     If you work with …Continue reading

Empathy and Compassion Begin at Home

Your toddler hits and screams when he doesn’t get his way.  Your five year old often doesn’t seem interested in the feelings of others.  What can you do to help them develop a sense of empathy (trying to understand how someone is feeling) and compassion (empathy + taking action to help someone)?  Instead of talking …Continue reading

What Really Counts?

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything we count, counts.”  – Albert Einstein We have become a nation of numbers – driven by statistics and data.  The fixation on testing, scoring, and ranking our young learners is not what really counts when it comes to learning.  Randi Weingarten, the President of the …Continue reading

3 Ways to Build Thinkers

It was Socrates who said, “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” Meaningful learning takes place when our students are engaged and genuinely thinking – not simply spitting back facts.  At ERG our focus is growing all learners, so we encourage students to question, ponder, contemplate, deliberate, reason, defend, and create.  Effective …Continue reading