KLCNJ Blogpost: Silkworms →
Caitie is tutored by a lovely woman, Lorna Wooldridge. She’s kind, caring, and understanding while mixing in a good dose of appropriate motivation and discipline. In addition to all the great work she’s done with Caitie on reading, Lorna also has a variety of other interests including butterflies and moths. Each year Lorna raises monarchs and other butterflies. Thanks to her,...
There's More Than One Way to Flip a Classroom →
Defining what “flipping your classroom” meant was the first topic of conversation, which proved to be somewhat more difficult than you might expect. In fact, the reason the panel consisted of nine educators, instead of two or three, was precisely to demonstrate that there were many different ways to effectively flip a classroom. The flipped classroom has become somewhat synonymous...
Encouraging STEM Students Is in the National... →
By S. James Gates Jr. and Chad Mirkin This year a report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, on which we serve, concluded that if the United States is to maintain its historic pre-eminence in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—and gain the social, economic, and national-security benefits that come with such pre-eminence,...
Summer Travel Journals →
Today we have Kayte Ghaffar, who is sharing some wonderful tips for summer journaling with children. I have had the opportunity to work with Kayte over the last year and love of her innovative ideas and knack for creating engaging learning experiences. Read more…
The Educational Value of Creative Disobedience →
By Andrea Kuszewski | Jun 23, 2012 Synopsis In this age of innovation, even more important than being an effective problem solver, is being a problem finder. It’s one thing to look at a problem and be able to generate a solution; it is another thing to be able to look at an ambiguous situation, and decide if there is a problem that needs to be solved. That’s a skill that isn’t really targeted...
KLC Bog: A Confession →
A Confession Recently, I was cruising Facebook, as I too often do, when I came across the following meme. It featured Neil deGrasse Tyson, so naturally I stopped in my tracks and read it. Because he is just THAT cool. Anyway, I confused. I mean, the sun is yellow, right. That’s what the textbook told me. And that’s what I taught. The sun is a yellow star. It was at this point...
Book Study Blog Party on "Teaching in the Digital... →
Interesting material, interesting opinions and commentary. Love the idea of a book study blog party too.
10 Tips for Effective Digital Instructional Design →
Good tips… via world-shaker: Here are two: 1. Consider the potential of downloadable lesson ‘kits’ rather than lessons spread across web pages. The Internet and LMSs don’t always work as well as they should, but material that can be stored in a hard drive is only at risk in the case of power blackouts. 2. Master PDF creation and formatting for accessibility, presentation, control,...
Bubbles: Art, Science & Mentos →
About a week ago I decided that bubbles would be my theme for the Blairstown Farmers Market. I mean, bubbles are a clear winner on a lovely spring day at the market. How could I resist? First things first: the bubble mix. You can buy some, sure. That’s quick and easy, but a bit expensive, especially for large quantities. So I made my own using dish soap, water and bit of vegetable...
The Secret Code Of Learning →
Our body language can reveal more about what we know than our verbal language Many of the studies establishing the importance of gesture to learning have been conducted by Susan Goldin-Meadow, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. “We change our minds by moving our hands,” writes Goldin-Meadow in a review of this work published in the current issue of the...
writing prompts: 18 writing prompts about reading →
I like the visuals some of these writing prompts will inspire. It’s always fun to express yourself that way. And I like the idea of expressing the written word in mathematical ways too. It reminds students that math is just another language. via writingprompts: What lives have you lived as a reader? Analyze a story using Dan Harmon’s story circles Make a wanted poster for a...
100 Summer Crafts for Kids →
via @thelongthread A craft a day, and then some! Each link has full instructions and pictures. Great resource!
Newsletter: Kaleidoscope is Back! →
Salad Spinner Art and Science →
Salad Spinner Art and Science To kick off the summer farmer’s market season, I decided to do one of my kids’ all time favorite art and crafts at my table: Salad Spinner Art. Everyone loves Salad Spinner art. Seriously. Grown adults like to stop and play as well. It’s a pretty simple concept. Select your favorite washable poster paints and thin them with a bit of water. Use a...
Button It! →
In honor of 30 Days of Creativity, “global social initiative encouraging people to create stuff (anything) every day for 30 days in June,” I’ve set up some crafty playdates for myself with friends. Yesterday, I got together with June Nezamis, my favorite math teacher in the whole world. June pulled out a book she had picked up and wanted to try. It’s called Button It Up: 80...