Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Professional Development & Resources

A More Haunting Halloween

My prior post, Happy Halloween (in 100 words or less), is my first entry for The 8th Annual Halloweensie contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. That entry was both cheery and cheeky. This 2nd story shifts to the more sophisticated reader, yet still follows the same rules:  picture book, readers 12 & under, 100 words… Continue reading A More Haunting Halloween

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Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Professional Development & Resources

Happy Halloween! (in 100 words or less)

I'm participating in the Halloweensie picture book writing contest. Part of the fun is to post my story here and share the link with contest host,  Susanna Leonard Hill. This departure from my normal blog content is timely since after this post I will be bringing a new focus to my posts. I'll still be… Continue reading Happy Halloween! (in 100 words or less)

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

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?