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I believe differentiated instruction to be a very important and effective tool for all teachers to use in their classrooms. There are two very good reasons to use differentiated instruction.

  1. Every student has the ability to learn, but there are many ways in which they learn best.
  2. The effectiveness of simply putting students together by ability has been questioned, and this practice can place negative views on student backgrounds.

A classroom that uses differentiated instruction recognizes the various student learning abilities and the many different...Read more

What do you think about when you hear the word dance? Most likely, half of you smile ear to ear and the other half cringe at the thought. That is pretty close to the reaction our Upper School students have when we announce our dance unit each year.

The first week of the unit is spent listening to music, learning to find the beat and practicing setting each move or combination of moves to an eight-count. Each year, we also study a specific dance style, so students have at least four different types of dance in their repertoire upon graduating.

After this introduction, students...Read more

Last year I took a graduate course entitled Foundations of Global Citizenship. The course changed my teaching drastically. We studied what it means to be global citizens and focused on the importance of teaching children to become productive global citizens. Being a global citizen means that you are aware of the problems that face your community and world. The next step is to feel a responsibility and also be willing to take action to solve those problems – even in a small way. As teachers in that class, we were charged to determine how we could teach global citizenship in our classrooms...Read more

Great Stories. Great Graduates. Introducing our Alumni Spotlight Series...

Stories. They are one of the best parts of my job. I get to listen to stories about tooth fairy visits, recess boo-boos, soccer team successes, field trip discoveries, homework woes and much more. I love hearing all about the lives of our students. Recently, many stories I have found great delight in are those of our Rossman alumni, the students who skipped down the halls of our school years before I arrived. Their memories of Rossman and the passions they pursue beyond our walls both...Read more

While recently conversing with a third grade child at lunch, he shared with me his excitement about the “numerous” houses he would visit on Halloween. I was struck immediately with his ease of using the word “numerous.” Clearly, he had a firm understanding of the word, which he spoke so fluently! It was obvious to me that he is well on his way to developing a strong vocabulary.

Rossman teachers explicitly weave vocabulary into their daily instruction, creating a seamless transition from learning words orally at a young age to acquiring the tools to learn from the written text. While...Read more

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