How I Teach: Why One Memphis Teacher Can’t Teach Her First-Graders Without Wooden Building Blocks

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At Memphis Delta Prep School, Katie Kaplan couples her school’s high standards with hands-on learning to support her students’ learning. “You can integrate it into every lesson – from literacy to math,” Kaplan explains. “The point is for them to be creative and problem solve.” Researchers generally consider “play-vs.-academics” a false narrative, and Kaplan’s learning strategies demonstrate how educators incorporate activity into classroom instruction. “Within schools, educators are encouraging students to apply skills across subjects and helping to reinforce foundational skills by integrating concepts from one class to the next,” Eric Slifstein, a P.E. teacher in New York wrote last year.

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