Friday, July 30, 2010

Painted Sneakers

Here's a great back-to-school project for middle school students, where they can express an "all about me" theme by decorating, personalizing, and painting their sneakers! Ask them to bring in an old or inexpensive pair of sneakers the first week back.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Make a 3D Paper Dragon

There are a trio of dragons available to download and print out for assembly here, all 
designed after "How to Train Your Dragon" characters. Art and assembly instructions can 
both be printed out. Great fun!

Monday, July 19, 2010

How Stimulus Funds Can Go Very Wrong

A great principal with an incredible track record is "removed". Why would this happen? "...because the Burlington School District wanted to qualify for up to $3 million in federal stimulus money for its dozen schools." 

New Family Fun, Learning, & Creativity Site


Chili Walla:
http://www.chiliwalla.com/
We're happy to recommend this family website for summer activities to keep kids busy and active, and to support families, learning, and creativity all year long - it's brand new, and looks promising with lots of great resources to come!

Teacher Tube

http://www.teachertube.com/
This "YouTube" style site services teachers only. Though it runs the gamut of K-12 topics (and sometimes quality), there are some gems included.

Friday, July 16, 2010

KerPoof! in the Classroom

http://www.kerpoof.com/how_to_play?c=teach_faq
Start with the Teacher's FAQ page above for Kerpoof - which is free for classroom use - and learn how to use it to supplement your instruction. Register your class with a school email address, find lesson plans, and classroom ideas to help you make stories, spell words visually, or even create animated movies or artwork. Great fun and learning for elementary and middle school classes!
http://www.kerpoof.com/teach?c=accounts/

Worldbook Curriculum Guide: Grade by Grade Typical Course of Study

How does your own curriculum fare in this typical (or standardized) course of study for each grade level, K-12?
http://www.worldbook.com/typical_course_of_study.html

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

If you have the skills to teach high school science, math, technology, or engineering, take a look at these teaching fellowships. They include both a considerable stipend, admission to a master's program at quality participating universities, mentoring and support, and guidance toward certification. A 3 year teaching commitment after completing the program is required. Learn more about these programs at both links below.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Art & Science of Bubbles


Here's a great way to experience summer fun and learning - with bubbles! Create some bubble magic with disappearing color bubbles, try making some bubble art, make a pop-proof bubble - or even a square one. Use the link below to also print out a mini book of bubble activities:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

LATER SCHOOL TIME, BETTER STUDENTS?

What do you think? If kids start school later in the morning, will they pay more attention? Be more rested? Happier, even? This study thinks so - read the article and listen to the podcast.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

4th of July Parade Fans

http://familyfun.go.com/4th-of-july/patriotic-parade-wear/july-fourth-flag-663396/
Skip the last part of the instructions for this craft (for framing the flag with straws), and simply follow directions to make your own, wonderful 4th of July parade fan!
*H*A*P*P*Y*  *4*T*H*  *O*F*  *J*U*L*Y*  !!!!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Engineering in the Classroom

Before they can even spell it, K-5 students are learning engineering principles in the classroom, with a hands-on, project-based learning approach. Answering the call for more competent students, as well as the Obama administration's Race to the Top States Competition, schools are exploring engineering curriculum for even the youngest grades, hoping to gain a competitive edge.