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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!

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