Mars Science Laboratory: Curiosity Rover

Because my neighbor is a dairy farmer, I’m familiar with methane and other organic compounds, so a recent article in the NY Times about the mission of the Mars Science Laboratory’s (MSL) rover named Curiosity that began with the sentence …

Student Gifts Come From the Heart

What’s so special about two green candles? If you are Alabama teacher Kristy Terry Black, the answer is simple – everything.

It was more than a decade ago that a student with extremely limited financial means cleaned out two used …

Idle Minds — Word Games and Puzzles as “Brain Training”

My 7th grade math teacher used to say that idle minds are the devil’s playground. She must have repeated it often because I remember it. She was an old fashioned teacher from New England who amused us with arcane vocabulary: …

A Holiday Writing Project

Late Christmas Eve in Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” Buddy’s older cousin tells him that she can’t sleep: “My mind’s jumping like a jack rabbit.” My mind jumped for weeks before Christmas when I was a kid. I knew I’d …

Archaeology: Online and Hands-On

A colleague and I used to simulate archaeological digs in our social studies classes. Students created artifacts, wrote descriptions of their significance or use, and then buried them in designated areas on the school grounds. We taught in a rural …

What We Gain from Reading Fiction — Lesson Plan Ideas

When I began reading fiction, I read for adventure. Adventure fiction let me experience things virtually that I couldn’t in actuality. I progressed from Franklin W. Dickson to Ian Fleming to Hemingway. Non-fiction narratives provided a similar experience. There’s plenty …

When Nature Gives You Leaves, Make Compost

Autumn has always been my favorite season. Here in Central New York, the leaves turn and for a short while the hills glow. Harvest and food is another part of my liking. I’ve discovered that a pie or cake can …

How to Teach Students About Sunprints and Pinhole Photography

I had three friends in high school who were photographers. At least one became a professional. All three built darkrooms in basement corners and developed and printed their own 35mm B&W film. I spent many hours in the dark agitating …

Halloween Ghost Story Resources for Teachers

Years ago, a good friend gave me a copy of Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories by M. R. James. I’d read “The Mezzotint” before, but the remaining stories were all new to me. It was a happy meeting. …

Why I Became an Elementary School Teacher

Each Monday, my ninth grade English teacher assigned twenty-five vocabulary words. On Friday, we had a test. In between, we defined the words, used them in a demonstrative sentence, and learned how to spell them.

My mother thought I spent …

Heart’s Cry to Great Teachers: Bring You

Don’t ask your students to be you. You are not creating mini-me’s. That is not your goal. The average teacher thinks about talking cessation – the superior teacher cares about inspiring the next generation. Aimless people are Columbus kind of people — when …

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Modetrend bei Hunden

Bestickte Hundehalsbänder mit Namen erfreuen sich einer immer größer werdenden Beliebtheit. Sie sind in vielen verschiedenen Gestaltungen erhältlich und drücken die Individualität der Besitzer aus. Von eleganten bis hin zu sportlichen Gestaltungen, für jeden Geschmack und jedes Budget lässt sich …

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How to Connect Your Classroom: Case Study with Andrew Cohen of @Brainscape

Start-ups are good for our country. Most students don’t know what they are. I want to infuse a start-up mentality in my classroom as I help students understand innovation. Creation is good. Inventing is hard. If you’re an independent thinker: hire yourself …

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6 Ways to Motivate Teachers: Be the Hope

If you have one technology helping kids learn more than anything else, would you care for it? You bet you would. You’d lock it away. You’d polish it. You’d make sure no one messed with it. You’d take good care of it. Well you …

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Kassettenrecorder, die Unterschiede sind groß

Wenn Sie einen Kassettenrecorder kaufen möchten, dann haben Sie hierbei verschiedene Möglichkeiten. Von robusten Geräten für Kinder bis hin zu technisch perfekt ausgerüsteten Kombinationsgeräten, die Auswahl ist sehr umfangreich. Schnell verliert man dabei den Überblick, daher lohnt sich die Nutzung …

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BAMMY 2014 – Best Talk Show Host Vicki Davis [Video]

Being a teacher is pretty thankless but if a kind note every comes you way, it just means so much. Very grateful. I will treasure this one and aspire to be helpful and encouraging to an incredible profession who needs…

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The Airplane Seat Theory of Education

Here's what I always wonder, when I encounter or hear about Aggressive Seat-Recliner types: what were they like in second grade? Did they shout "pick me!" and wave their hand, even as another child struggled to come up with an…

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Lisa Durff: Happy (Reverse April Fools) Birthday to a Servant Leader Among Us

Lisa Durff is an educator who helps others and frequently volunteers for online education causes. Lisa is a kind-hearted servant-leader with a birthday on April 1. (The joke is on me — I logged into Google Plus and it said her birthday …

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Finding the Best Teaching Apps, Tools and Resources with @kathyschrock

Super-helpful educator Kathy Schrock discusses the importance of curation. Kathy was trained as a librarian who has been curating sources since 1995.  She found that people used her pages for assessment tools and apps the most on her website, which is chock …

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How Simulation Games Can Teach Complex Subjects

How can higher-ed and high school students interact in online spaces and both learn? Dr. Jeff Stanzler uses simulations to engage high school and college students in a powerful study of geo-politics. Dr. Stanzler has seen students develop empathy for the …

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