"Kids need to have, enjoy, and evaluate these figures as they select role models and begin to shape who they want to become. There are heroes everywhere, right in front of us, with powers of dedication, charity, compassion, selflessness, and strength of will, character, and muscle. It's important for us to talk about these everyday heroes and how they face life's problems."
This post explains the role of "hero" has an AWESOME video link and EXCELLENT READING suggestions.
Our kids and students use internet technology daily text-messaging, on Facebook, blogging, Twittering, watching videos, gaming, and even doing research for school. With this world-wide community at their beck and call come certain risks that we as adults are aware of, but they may not be...HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR KIDS/STUDENTS SAFE? Here are some suggestions...
A fractured fairy tale is a tweaked version of an older, familiary tale reworded to provide a different perspective...Aside from being powerful tools of entertainment, they lend themselves to fabulous teaching tools presenting competing perspectives, cultural perspectives and avenues for critical comparison and historical reference. This post discusses why fractured fairy tales are potent learning tools and provides EXCELLENT READING SUGGESTIONS for lower, middle and upper school common core curriculum suggestions.
A recent study suggests that our modern lifestyles are making us “less intelligent” than our ancestors, at least at a genetic level... echoing Einstein who feared "...the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”... When it takes a mere few seconds to find information about almost any topic, the value of knowledge and expertise is being devalued...Ultimately, the future of technology-enabled learning and education is in a synthesis of the science of learning and the art of teaching.
Visualization is a powerful tool. At work and in school we are told to visualize data, information, concepts, and strategies to better understand, cope, set goals and motivate. This post has an AWESOME Infographic on VISUALIZATION and how it can be used even to help with Holiday Cheer!
"Now, as the Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 45 states and three territories, many people may see the read-aloud as even more of a dispensable luxury. We'd like to pose an alternative view: Read-alouds will matter even more in the age of the Common Core standards..."
PhysicsQuest is a middle school competition that consists of four physical science experiments centered on a mystery. The experiments are designed to be done by small groups in a classroom or after school setting.
With the wake of "Sandy" slowly receding from New York and New Jersey, and with the discussion of global warming effects raging in and out of the classroom, here is a blog from Scientific American with SUPER SCIENCE reading recommendations.
Successful test taking involves: attention to details...memory...language skills...sequencing ability...grapho-motor skills...and higher order cognition.... And we wonder why test-takers get anxious? This post provides tips for studying, test taking tips, tips to manage test anxiety, test taking strategy links, and inspirational/motivational quotes. THIS POST HAS IT ALL.
"Created by students for teachers, this movie shows students frustrated with the lack of visuals in the classroom. Teachers need to educate..." The power of the visual image and convincing argument for visual as well as verbal essays.
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