Paying a Song for a Song

Back in the day, music was only available by buying records or cassettes, or by listening to a commercial radio station. Technology has changed how and where we listen to music. Gone are the days of needing a store, or even a product like a record, or cd. Today, music is downloaded and streamed. iTunes, […]

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The Rigor of Informational Text

The new Common Core standards require more “rigor”. So what does rigor really mean? Could it mean we expect our students to learn at higher levels? How do you assess a high level understanding of informational text? The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts emphasizes the importance of students reading informational text. […]

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A Look through Google Glass at the Future

Last week was an exciting one for tech fans across the country. Google released prototypes of Google Glass to a few lucky thousand who completed a short application, and paid $1,500. If you are not a tester, do not expect to use Google Glass anytime soon. Testers had to sign a contract which forbids sharing […]

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Let’s Play with STEM

Last month we familiarized ourselves with the organizations that support and drive the STEM efforts in the K-12 realm. The amount of resources available to educate, advise, and train teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields are impressive and meaningful.  The future of this nation will rely heavily on the innovation and problem-solving […]

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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Neither side expected to make a stand in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Yet on July 1, 1863, Union and Confederate troops collided at this picturesque town. What followed was three days of intense fighting that changed the course of the Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most important battles during […]

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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Across the K-12 spectrum, schools have been turning their focus towards the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math realms. U.S. students continue to lag in these fields when compared to other leading nations (read the recent New York Times article that discusses this national concern). Commonly referred to as the STEM fields, students at all levels […]

The Science of Paper Money

Few could argue that paper money has supreme importance in today’s world. This is because of its value and the fact that it is accepted almost universally. Before the advent of paper money, Barter Exchange Systems  were in place. These procedures worked fairly well whenever each party could provide something desirable for the other party. […]

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Understanding the United States Budget

As tax time approaches in the United States, students will learn about the budget process, Sequestration, and the current battle between Democrats and Republicans over where tax dollars will be spent. 2013 has been a contentious year for United States lawmakers trying to craft a federal budget. Although a government shutdown has been avoided through […]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Among classical composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stands out for his unique genius, creativity, and an amazing talent for his life’s work from a very young age. The history of this musical genius is a fantastic story. Students will listen to works of Mozart as they explore the life of this gifted composter. The different styles […]

Gun Control and the Second Amendment

What do these locations have in common: Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Blacksburg, Nickel Mines, and Red Lakes Reservation? If you answered that these locations were scenes of mass shootings, you are correct. Unfortunately, these locations are just a few of the many sites of recent mass shootings in the United States. When tragedies like these occur, […]

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