Photo: CDorobek Did you know that there is an island in the Bahamas that is populated almost entirely by pigs? It’s true! Pig Island, also known as Pig Beach, is home to a small community of feral pigs. These free roaming pigs are not opposed to taking dips in the ocean, and seem to enjoy
Well, it took a bit longer to get to part 2 than I had planned. Things like finishing a school year and planning for next year took some precedence. Regardless, if you need a refresher on part 1, here it is. The premise of the problem is “Why do we continue to teach math that
Name: Julie Wenger School: Adkins Elementary School District: Denton ISD, Texas Subjects/Grades Taught: Science and Social Studies/5th grade How did you find yourself in teaching? There is a long history of teachers in my family. I have happily joined the pack, albeit a little later in the game. When my daughters were little, I
From guest blogger Rachael Postle Brown Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase share a powerful story in chapter 5 of their book Building School 2.0. The story is one that describes the feelings of a failed teacher and the reaction of the teacher’s administrator. When I read this chapter I had an immediate rush of memories
“Drawing can improve complex reasoning, writing, and reading readiness, partly because the critical and creative faculties required to generate and appreciate art transfer cognitively to future learning experiences, and partly because the arts make learning fun: A student personally invested in his or her work will be far more likely to stick with it” (Edutopia). This strategy activates context clues and prior knowledge by allowing students to connect their drawings to concepts being learned to further develop vocabulary.
By Jonathan Gerlach, Discovery Education’s National Consultant for STEM Education Initiatives One of the most important parts of STEM teaching and learning is students having the opportunity to see how the world works outside the classroom bringing content to life in context. We stress the importance of integrating the idea of “real-world” into learning. However we
School districts across the nation are in the midst of a challenging digital migration — but they aren’t making the leap alone. Discovery Education asked three experienced superintendents to round up why making the transition from paper textbooks to digital, interactive learning tools makes a difference. Their feedback, spanning the benefits and opportunities that digital
From guest blogger Femi Skanes “Workers without question is a subset of a citizen, and if we aim for citizenship, we will get the workforce that we need, but only aiming for creating workers won’t get our society the citizens that it needs.” (Lehman & Chase, 2015). Focusing on citizenship as an integral component of
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