Thinking and Tinkering in Schools


The Need for "Teaching That Makes Sense"

April 01, 2014 Lana Jelenjev

Yes I am a fan of freebies! I am so over the moon when I find good materials that I can use and share with other educators. The new site I found is so informative that I wouldn't want to miss on the chance of other educators/homeschooling parents to use it too! Please do visit Teaching That Makes Sense for resources on teaching. I will be using the Reading Writing Poster Pack specifically the page on "Voice" to my classroom today when we talk about Anne Frank's diary.


Upcoming webinars from Early Childhood Investigations

March 31, 2014 Lana Jelenjev

I love taking online courses. For the past 6 years I have taken courses from WIDE World Developed by the Harvard  Graduate School of  Education on Making Thinking Visible and Teaching for Understanding and the University of California, San Diego Extension where I finished two certificate courses (Gifted and Talented Education and Reading Instruction certificates). I am also doing a personal development course, Live Your Legend which is also online. I believe that the way to further development on both the professional and personal level is with online learning that was why I was thrilled to come across this site...


How schools are innovating education by emphasizing on children's creativity

March 27, 2014 Lana Jelenjev

"Creativity occurs, that sparks from Playfulness" - Per Havgaard, Lego Foundation Very inspirational work happening in three different countries- Denmark, Pakistan and Taiwan. Will definitely be looking for more to share good practices that promote creativity in schools and at home.  


Tips for Thinking: Building Word Recognition

March 20, 2014 Lana Jelenjev

When children begin to read, they need the necessary tools and strategies to help them move further in their reading skills. One of the essential components in comprehension is vocabulary and helping children be more attentive to the words and the context of the words as they read a particular text or book. The strategy I am sharing now was taken from  Strategies for Reading Assessment and Instruction by D. Ray Reutzel and Robert Cooter, Jr. Word walls are often used in the classroom setting. Normally you will find word walls as part of the vocabulary enrichment strategy of the...


A Blog for Educators!

March 18, 2014 Lana Jelenjev

My passion in parenting and teaching go hand in hand that I don't want to miss out on the chance to share good reads or good practices that I find as an educator. So watch out as this new blog grows to include resources for teachers on topics related to early childhood education, brain based learning, reading and literacy, making thinking visible and gifted education.