‘Tis Better to Give

This year’s holiday gift buying and giving ends this week—Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas will all be behind us. However, charitable donations made by the end of the year qualify as a taxable deduction. For many people the final week of the year is an important time to make final charitable donations of the year. ‘Tis […]


The Secret Formula: An Instructional Model that Works

Prepare. Learn. Practice. Apply. Four simple words reveal a brilliant strategy for teaching and learning. Our instructional model reflects the latest research and most advanced innovations in effective teaching and learning, combined with a web-based integration technique that is truly unique and highly effective. For simplicity, our instructional model consists of four discrete but interrelated […]


Don’t Ignore and Don’t Accept – Bullying

According to the 2011 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) “Nineteen percent of middle schools and 18 percent of high schools reported daily or weekly problems with cyberbullying, either at school or away from school.” According to a number of other anti-bullying organizations, such as i-SAFE and the Cyberbullying Research Center, the numbers are even […]


Head in the Clouds – Digitally Speaking

Just like the rapid billowing clouds of a swift winter storm, recently, a new type of cloud seems to have swept through the digital world in a powerful way. The ‘cloud’ has become synonymous for the Internet. It is the latest metaphor to describe the World Wide Web. It is the newest and most efficient […]

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Making Economics Personal

Let’s face it. It can be bit of a challenge to get students excited about economics. High school students are often more interested in how they can buy the coolest clothes and gadgets than they about the United States’ fiscal cliff. Time to make economics personal for teens. While the United States is facing a […]


The Hobbit’s Journey to Your Classroom

Bilbo Baggins’ under-dog adventure has seduced readers and non-readers for years. In December, part 2 of The Hobbit’s trilogy opens in theaters – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On January 3, fans will remember author J.R. Tolkien’s and celebrate what would have been his 121st birthday. The Hobbit is a teacher’s dream: The Hobbit appeals to […]

Exploring Our Solar System

Many adults can recall as a child a strong sense of wonder as Project Gemini and soon after Project Apollo sent Americans to the moon. It was not only a triumph for America in the Cold War, but it was a triumph for all Americans. As Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon, […]


Green Math

Massive drought. Hurricanes hundreds of miles inland. Drowned polar bears. It does not take a scientist to notice that our environment needs rescuing, but it does take a teacher to empower kids to provide that help. We will look at how to introduce two big environmental topics – water conservation and energy use – in […]


Our 16th President

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  ~ Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19,1863 Have you been to the movies recently? There is a new historical drama film being shown throughout the country about our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The film covers the final four months […]

D’Oh! Teaching with The Simpsons

What American television family has entertained, mocked, and shocked Americans for the past 23 years? The Simpsons! Few would have predicted when The Simpsons debuted on December 17, 1989, that it would endure to be the longest-running American sitcom in television history, and the longest-running show in primetime. The Simpsons—Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa, and Maggie—may […]

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