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Grades 6-8, High School

The Science of Storytelling

This cross-curricular dream come true sprang from the brilliance of James Harris -with some super-clever use of TV Tropes.org. It's a delightful, deeply clickable combo of Science-y Thinking + Story Parts + Tropes + Impact Factor See the image snippet from Harris' website (below).  Check it out in all its glory here. Just come back… Continue reading The Science of Storytelling

Professional Development & Resources

A Try-fold of Big Ideas for Young Minds

Picture Books & Critical Thinking - I review five books for Children's Literature each month. I can't cross-publish the reviews, of course, but since I do spend a lot of time with each title, I wanted to do something more with those picture books that amuse or inspire. I wanted something readers would find quick… Continue reading A Try-fold of Big Ideas for Young Minds

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

Professional Development & Resources

A Brief Commercial for More Learning Explorations (created & sold by me)

I write here about how and sometimes why to  mash up seemingly unrelated ideas or skills for engaging learning explorations where critical thinking and fun can thrive. Often I list specific activities to try that aren't fully refined (i.e. print/download & teach), but they're good launching points. So I also offer a few more refined… Continue reading A Brief Commercial for More Learning Explorations (created & sold by me)

Grades 6-8, High School

Losers & Winners & Everyday People? Oh, my!

Competitive sports are designed to underscore the difference between winners and losers. Players with the best scores or times earn the objective title of 'winner.' Logically, this means other competitors are losers. This may seem harsh, but it is accurate. It's 'real life true, too.' The Cleveland Indians had a great season and solid World Series run. But the Chicago Cubs… Continue reading Losers & Winners & Everyday People? Oh, my!