Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School

Child Care – for all ages

I've not verified these five vignettes because even if they're not true, they certainly are Truth. Enjoy and be inspired by this 'mouths of babes' wisdom. 1. A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old… Continue reading Child Care – for all ages

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Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School, Professional Development & Resources

MathScienceMusic – a party for the brain

I fell down a rabbit hole of intelligent click bait [pursuing grant info...that's intelligent, right?] and found a most amazing ensemble of cross-curricular compositions here: This mélange of sophisticated resources for elementary to college settings includes online talks (biological basis of music), digital music generation labs (coding new melodies), and interactive explorations (deconstructing song tracks). And so much more. Ten separate… Continue reading MathScienceMusic – a party for the brain

Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School, Professional Development & Resources

Classroom Management: On Herding Cats, Comic Relief, & Preparing for Take Off

Classroom management should not be a constant slog of herding cats or nailing Jell-O to a tree. So if getting students to follow process has become a painful joke, it's time to give your funny bone a whack and wrangle your gaggle of goofballs, scofflaws or daydreamers. These teacher-tested options use some silly so students will embrace the rules - happily: Karen Quinn's Instagram post shows how simple… Continue reading Classroom Management: On Herding Cats, Comic Relief, & Preparing for Take Off

Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School

Smashing Fingers & Other Familiar Concepts – freer thinking through fresh eyes

I seem to have forgotten how to use my fingers and hands properly. Don't be alarmed; no medical condition here. It's more like a mental block on applying my expected digital dexterity to daily tasks. Sure, I've spent a lifetime beating up my hands in the barn, garden and kitchen sink. But clearly I've lost perspective on finger functions and hand handling. Here's this fortnight's damage:… Continue reading Smashing Fingers & Other Familiar Concepts – freer thinking through fresh eyes

Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School

Economics & the Tooth Fairy?

Economics. Kids really do care about it. Not convinced? Just think about their expectations of the Tooth Fairy. Kids supply a tooth and expect (demand) a treat or cash in return. Dig a bit deeper into this basic exchange and you will find a friendly version of Economics 101 that kids can really sink their teeth into. Why bother digging deeper… Continue reading Economics & the Tooth Fairy?

Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School, Professional Development & Resources

Kids & Campaigns

Politics can get ugly, especially at election time. Tomorrow's leaders must do better. How? By thinking of Big Ideas like leadership, the Constitution and Executive Office powers now - when they're kids. Too much? Not really. Kids campaign & deal with leaders all the time. So they can apply what they know to think bigger. (No current candidate campaign analysis… Continue reading Kids & Campaigns

Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School, Professional Development & Resources

A Picture Book for My President

Which picture book would you recommend to the President of the United States? Why? Picture books can open minds, heal wounds, and tickle fancies. Picture books introduce us to other times, dimensions, places, realities, and selves. Picture books could help the President of the United States serve our country. Which picture book do you want the president to… Continue reading A Picture Book for My President