SEI Stories

A Happy Birthday

I just celebrated a birthday. My two sons and daughter-in-law gave me the best present. They shoveled, wheeled, spread and raked nine tons of limestone as a surprise for me. Read more from Summit Executive Director Derran Wimer’s message in the June 2017 “Align & Engage” e-newsletter here.

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Brain Building Opportunities are Just Warming Up

Some of my sweetest childhood memories are of long, lazy summertime days spent with my sister. We spent endless hours outside with the neighbor kids, playing kick ball and hopscotch, jumping rope and camping out in our backyard. Little did we know that we were building important social emotional skills through this kind of play. Read more from Laura DiCola in this post.

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‘Spot It’ Game Tests Math Teachers’ Problem Solving Skills

During the 2016 – 2017 school year’s last Rubber City Math Teachers’ Circle meeting on Thursday, May 18, attendees joined discussions and problem-solving activities related to the game “Spot It!” More than 30 teachers, university professors and school leaders participated. Read more about Math Teachers’ Circles here.

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Exploring Movement Beyond the Classroom

In Kaitlin Benner’s preschool classroom, crab walking, wheelbarrow racing and Army crawling is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, all are encouraged. When Benner taught kindergarten students, she noticed many students arrived to her classroom unprepared to tackle certain academic activities, such as writing and coloring. As she transitioned to preschool, Benner developed activities to supplement students’ learning in the classroom to build their motor skills.

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