Help your kids beat summer slide and have some fun this summer! My kids are enjoying their last days of school today. They’re going to meet their new teachers, eat some cake, turn in their textbooks, and get their final report cards. And then they’re going to come home and play video games. For twelve […]
The school year may be slowly winding to a close, but there’s plenty of learning to do! And what better way to keep kids engaged in learning, and thus avoiding the dreaded summer slide, than steering them towards games that challenge them and make them do math without even knowing it! Try these websites to […]
Birds on the Brain: Make a Lesson Out of Birdsong
This time of year we all have birds on the brain. After a cold, quiet winter, we’re treated to a bounty of birdsong in the spring! But what exactly are those birds saying to each other? Are they discussing baseball? Probably not. Their voices sound like songs to us, but they’re actually conveying important information.
Spring Science Projects
Here in New England, spring has finally sprung. Well, it feels more like summer and many of us are scratching our heads wondering if spring skipped right over us, but at least it’s not winter!
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!
How does your school celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week? Most people, when asked who their favorite teacher was when they were a kid, get a soft expression on their face and offer up a name with a hint of reverence. Great teachers are remembered. Researchers at Harvard and Columbia Universities have discovered that great teachers can […]
Bring Earthquake Education to the Classroom
It can be hard to talk to kids about disasters. The thought of earthquakes destroying entire villages and rendering cities unrecognizable is terrifying, even to adults. The last thing you want to do in your classroom is inspire nightmares! But in today’s world, it’s hard to stay protected from tragic news, even when we try. […]
Finland’s New Education Reform
Is It Right For the United States? School may never look like this again!
Learning from Limpets
Why is important to brush your teeth twice a day? So visits to the dentist will be less painful? To keep your teeth shiny and white? To keep them healthy and strong? These are all good reasons! But if you were a limpet, you wouldn’t worry about brushing your teeth, even though your teeth would […]
Snow Day Science
Is it a snow day where you are? If you live in northern New England like I do, there’s a good chance your children have spent more than their fair share of weekdays at home due to inclement weather.
A Beautiful Place for Research
The Maya were good at many things. They built incredible cities and temples, developed a written language to record their accomplishments, created a calendar, and in general mastered their environment enough to thrive for about 3,000 years. But despite their endurance, the culture suffered significant loss around 900 CE. Why? By Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, […]