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Dominique Craft

Experiential and Lower School Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Shorecrest
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Why "How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?" Is the Wrong Question

Posted by Dominique Craft on Oct 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Proudly sporting their “I am a digital citizen” stickers, Shorecrest students gathered during this Digital Citizenship week to share ways to protect themselves and demonstrate Shorecrest values online. Daily, we send our students into the virtual world to conduct research, collaborate with peers across oceans, and take action to improve their communities. Students reinforce their math skills using engaging math games online. They build online Portfolios to demonstrate their learning. They create movies, websites, and other virtual products to share their knowledge. They challenge teachers to constantly evolve their practice to reflect the changing world.

In short, technology is transformative.

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Topics: Parenting, Technology, Preschool, Social-Emotional Development, Core Values

How to Talk to Kids about the 2016 Election

Posted by Dominique Craft on Sep 21, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The 2016 election season may be the first in which the term “mudslinging” is too gentle to describe the kinds of rhetoric and even physical violence that we have seen over the past several months. As teachers and parents, our enthusiasm about the democratic process is likely not at an all-time high. And yet, this is exactly the moment to talk with our children about the role of a citizen in our democratic republic. If we are seeing the same kinds of behaviors in the 2032 election, we will have no one but ourselves to blame.

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Topics: Parenting, Current Events

A Window Into Morning Meeting

Posted by Dominique Craft on Sep 9, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Holden and Faylynn turn to face each other, sitting knee to knee. The rest of their classmates watch from their places in the circle. They touch their right thumbs together, wiggling their fingers like the wings of a butterfly. As they “fly” their butterfly in a circle, they greet each other. “Good morning, Holden!” “Good morning, Faylynn!”

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Topics: Elementary Education

Teaching Children to Think: Building a Growth Mindset in Young Learners

Posted by Dominique Craft on Aug 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Thinking is hard.

That is to say: real, active thinking is hard. Solving a problem or investigating a complex issue is the kind of thinking that requires complete focus - the kind of thinking that makes your brain hurt the same way your muscles do in a strenuous physical task.

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Topics: Elementary Education