Food for Thought

Food for Thought will contain articles about reading, writing, math, social emotional learning, student engagement and equity. The articles are current and directly relate to our work and the vision of Galway and MCPS. This site will give you a small glimpse in current issues and trends in education I believe are important to our students and families and to you. I hope you will find the articles relevant to the work you’re doing every day and it gives you a little food for thought. 

—Dr. Fuller, Principal


Born to Win, Schooled to Lose (new!)

Instructional Equity is Essential for Student Success

Using Reading and Writing to Do Math

10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas

The Relationship Between Behavior & Academics

Teaching Students to Read Metacognitively

Focus on Learning, Not Grades

60-Second Strategy: Closing The Loop

The Text Disrupters

Reading Fuels Empathy. Do Screens Threaten That?

Elementary school physical education class combines exercise with math, literacy

7 Ways to Spark Engagement

Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Black History

How Can I Help to Promote Diversity Without Relinquishing Any of My Power?

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

More than 4 million children endured lockdowns last school year, a groundbreaking Washington Post analysis found. The experience left many traumatized.

‘Learning Styles’ Aren't a Reliable Way to Categorize Students, Study Says

How To Ease Students Into Independent Inquiry Projects

Simple Tips for Boosting Teacher Resilience

A Simple but Powerful Class Opening Activity

How Does Poverty Influence Learning?

The Benefits of Ear-Reading

Four Teaching Moves That Promote A Growth Mindset In All Readers

How High-Interest Examples of Math Prime Student Curiosity

17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate>

Open Your Door: Why We Need to See Each Other Teach

Creating a Culture of Trust and Safety in Every Class

Independent Reading: Necessity or Luxury?

How to Teach Self-Regulation

Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines

Welcoming Students With a Smile

The Equity Diet: Building Capacity Through Daily Habits

Four Teaching Moves That Promote A Growth Mindset In All Readers

The Unexpected Power of Reading Conferences

Positive Words Go a Long Way

The best time to teach students how to cope with trauma? When there isn’t any

Why Kids Should Keep Using Their Fingers to do Math

VIDEO: Providing Quiet Peace Corners

Six Strategies to Help Introverts Thrive at School and Feel Understood

How "One Story" Can Excite Students About Reading And Connecting With Community

Relationships Matter More Than Rules

More Talking in Class, Please

Extending the Silence

Talk Moves

Reading Buddies

A Classroom Where Everyone Feels Welcome

11 Research-Based Classroom Management Strategies

5 Tips for Building Great Relationships with Students

Why you should send positive notes home (with a free template)

10 Easy Ways to Create an Awesome #SchoolCulture This Year

Anchor Charts 101: Why and How to Use Them


What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

14 Books That Connect Students With Valuable Scientists’ Struggles

Improving Student-Led Discussions

When a Rubric Isn’t Enough

Are You Over-Scaffolding?

4 Ways To Not Let Others Dim Your Light

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn

12 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls

10 Books to Spark a Love of Math in Kids of All Ages

10 Surprising Skills Kids Learn Through Coding

Five Ways To Shift Teaching Practice So Students Feel Less Math Anxious

Teaching Introverted Students: How a 'Quiet Revolution' Is Changing Classroom Practice

VIDEO: Chance The Rapper and Google Partner to Support the Next Generation of Computer Scientists

How the Google Suite Can Enhance Open-Ended Math Exploration

Teachers often ask youngsters to learn in ways that exceed even adult-sized attention spans

Teacher Voice: That day you thought you had it all together, then everything fell apart? You weren’t wasting your time

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

4 Questions that Drive Successful Scaffolds

How to Scaffold Texts for Struggling Readers in Actively Learn

Why Teachers Should Choose Scaffolding Over Leveling

Five Culturally Relevant Books To Inspire English Language Learners

When Failure is a Privilege

Have questions about the standards? Use these math content guides as quick-reference support tools!

A Community of Passionate Readers

Re-Connecting with Your Why

Five Steps to Launching a School-wide Social Justice Movement

Teaching Your Students to Read Like Pros

Positive Words Go a Long Way

How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School

When Failure is a Privilege




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