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An Unedited Letter from My Children
I want to share something two of my children wrote last year before our family moved from the USA back to Canada to be closer to my wife’s family. I have received their permission to share this. I think it is an anecdotal piece of…
Spotlight: Eric Mazur
We put our spotlight on Eric Mazur this month. He is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University, Member of the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and President of the Optical…
Fine and Performing Arts: Engage and Persist
Why teach the arts? This is the second of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted that typical reasons for taking arts – that…
Science, Video Games, and Exceptional Children
The material in this article is derived from: Enhancing Secondary Science Content Accessibility With Video Games Matthew T. Marino, Kathleen Becht, Eleazar Vasquez, III, Jennifer L. Gallup, James D. Basham, Benjamin Gallegos TEACHING Exceptional Children Vol 47, Issue 1, pp. 27 – 34 First Published…
Thinking about Teaching Teenagers
I recently read two articles from completely different places but that spoke to the same issue – how do we engage teenagers with the topics that we are compelled to teach? These two articles are Teacher Constructed Prompts to Assist Question Development and Personalizing Learning:…
Spotlight: Tamar Barabi
It is fun to identify and spotlight teachers; every now and again, we will do the same for students. This month, we are appreciating Tamar Barabi who, at 16 years of age, did her math homework using a proof that hadn’t yet been invented. This…
Question: does everyone participate in your class? Answer: of course Except that research shows that in most classes, most of the time, only some students participate and they often participate in a formulaic way that meets the teacher’s expectations and that achieves a good participation…
Taking a Leap
What is the value of teaching the arts? Elliott Seif gives 10 pretty good reasons for doing so: Reason 1: Many children come to school and stay in school because of the arts. Reason 2: Children learn positive habits, behaviors and attitudes through the arts….
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The month of January includes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Since we all have the benefit of having the day off, I would like to provide for you the full script of MLK’s speech. This is an opportunity for us as teachers to reflect on what our…
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