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Talking Math With Tweens: How to Bring Math into Daily Life with Middle Schoolers

Talking Math With Tweens: How to Bring Math into Daily Life with Middle Schoolers

KQED News Mind/Shift – Kara Newhouse Is a dump truck a vehicle? What about a skateboard? An elevator? A hamster wheel? These are some of the questions math educator Christopher Danielson has asked — or been asked — while playing a reasoning game he calls “Is It or Not?” The game began with a debate between another math educator, Kassia Wedekind, and her six-year-old daughter, but Danielson has played it with children of all ages, including his own. “It was a dinner table conversation. Both kids really joined in on it and enjoyed thinking of interesting, additional cases,” he said. His daughter, who was 12 at the time, raised the hamster wheel question and continued developing the list well after the meal ended. Read...
Language learning needs to be protected from becoming a casualty of coronavirus

Language learning needs to be protected from becoming a casualty of coronavirus

iNews – Daniel Wittenberg When learning a new language, you begin with the words you would normally need every day: words for meeting people, going to cafés and restaurants, asking for the way to the station. Now – in a world where a summer holiday, let alone living abroad, feels like a fading possibility – that rule seems ironic. While terms like self-isolation and social distancing have become basic vocabulary in English, those classic foreign phrases have evoked a strange sort of wanderlust, tainted by a festering frustration. Read...
How to Create a Calm Learning Environment for Preschoolers

How to Create a Calm Learning Environment for Preschoolers

Edutopia – Elaine Heiskell A classroom full of young children is a busy place with a diverse assortment of wants and needs. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the presence of so many active little people with so many demands, find ways to create calm by establishing a tranquil environment, being attentive to communication, and embracing routines. Read...
STEM education and hands-on learning

STEM education and hands-on learning

E-School News – Dan Mantz The critical need for STEM education was apparent before our world experienced the COVID-19 outbreak, and now, STEM skills are more important than ever as we navigate through a pandemic. Our global health crisis highlights the critical role of STEM education and how strong our economy and health will be in the future. Will there be short and long term impacts to this new way of living until a vaccination or treatments can be developed? Of course. However, there has never been a time to appreciate the fundamentals and benefits of having a strong representation in STEM careers, particularly in the healthcare industry. Read...
5 strategies for independent learning

5 strategies for independent learning

E-School News – Dennis Pierce Teaching students how to learn independently — and giving them the practice they need to develop this skill — can alleviate this concern. When students take ownership of their learning, they’re well positioned to succeed in a remote learning environment, as Voge’s experience demonstrates. Read...