Tuesday, February 20, was an exciting day for Sims Middle School in Santa Rosa County, FL! With the help of Discovery Education PD STEM Specialist Dacia Jones, members of the Sims Middle School staff challenged all teachers in the school to use Spotlight On Strategies and then share them in a Twitter Smackdown using the #smsstrategysmackdown hashtag. This fun challenge was part of their district’s “State of Innovate 2018″. We’re excited to elevate and celebrate several of the SOS stories from of the participating teachers. Read to find out about their experiences, and get ideas for how SOS can make a difference in your classroom, too!
Provide your students with a fun and engaging entry into poetry to celebrate World Poetry Day. Although poetry can sometimes be difficult to understand or appreciate, these resources showcase some of the most interesting and accessible work by famous poets and then suggest some activities that will help students practice writing poetry about familiar topics.
It’s time to celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, otherwise known as Pi. The infinite number is commonly shortened to 3.14 so mere humans can wrap their heads around it. We started giving Pi its due on 3/14/1988, the first national Pi Day, and have been eating pie and
Lauri Vitale shares how she used SOS: They Said What? and SOS Multiple Perspectives to help her students look at historical events through several different viewpoints.
Special Guest Contributor Andrew H. Potter As a fan of the world and ways of Harry Potter, I am often reminded of one pithy but important observation by the sage of Hogwarts, Professor Albertus Dumbledore: “Curiosity is not a sin.” In our current globalized, post-industrial, knowledge economy I often observe that the very real risk of
Valentine’s Day is all about heart. Heart candy, heartfelt emotions, heart-shaped cards and gifts. Why not celebrate this day by studying the actual heart with your students? The possibilities are endless: anatomy, biology, art, careers, history. We’ve gotten the ideas pumping and offer these resources and activities for you. Happy Valentine’s Day! Use our Valentine’s
Whether you are asking students to analyze a historical photograph, order events in a chronological progression, or compare primary source documents written during a specific time period, teaching social studies means immersing students in learning about people and their relationships with one another and the world. The Spotlight on Strategies (CDN Version) series offers many opportunities for students to investigate different perspectives, explore new ideas, and develop understanding of the progression of events over time.
Schools today are unknowingly fighting a creativity crisis. In 1966 the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking was developed to understand creativity and predict creative achievement in the future. Since 1990, our students creativity scores have plummeted, and they haven’t turned back upwards yet. The simple definition of creativity is the production of something original and
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with DE! Dr. King is arguably America’s most well-known civil rights leader and activist, praised for his nonviolent approach to protest and change. Students continue to be drawn to his words, actions, and legacy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a great time to help them study
It’s the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes! The nominations have been announced, the host (Seth Meyers) has been selected, and Oprah Winfrey will be receiving the Cecil B. deMille award. This celebration of film and television is sure to bring excitement and controversy throughout Hollywood and, perhaps, in your classroom. Take this opportunity to