Math Time!

As anyone who has ever given a child “five more minutes” knows, time is not something most children grasp intuitively. To a child, five minutes can seem like either the blink of an eye or an eternity depending on what is going on. Therefore, teaching about time can be challenging as students slowly become aware […]


Using the Web to Take Virtual Art Tours around the World

Spring is the season most folks look forward to enjoying. Spring brings images of bright colors, cheerful hues, wide ranges of tones, and a mix of textures from soft flower petals to bristly new sprouts of grass. So much of our ‘tech time’ is spent playing catch-up with all that is available on the Web. […]


Word Power: A Wealth of Words at Your Fingertips

Jonathan is reading about Amelia Earhart and comes to the word “plane.” He understands the meaning of this word, but later reads that some people thought Earhart was a “plain” woman. Jonathan thinks that means she was nicknamed the “airplane lady.” While the two words sound alike, you explain to him that “plain” and “plane” […]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In the midst of the darkness that was Apartheid, one man set aside personal danger to become a voice of change and peace … Though not specifically listed in any national or state standards, all students should learn about one of modern history’s most ardent peace crusader who effected vast change both in his country […]


Waste Not, Want Not

Make Earth Day–or any day–meaningful by revving up your students to launch a local Reduce-Reuse-Recycle campaign. Every year, Americans generate more than 250 million tons of waste. In 1980, Americans were generally recycling or composting only about one-tenth of their garbage, meaning that most of it got dumped in the local landfill. Data from 2008, […]

Harrison Bergeron and the pros and cons of equality

A good debate entertains, provokes, and challenges. A controversial dystopia does the same. Put them together and you have one engaging lesson. In Kurt Vonnegut’s classic dystopia, Harrison Bergeron, the government achieves equality (and avoids inferiority) by hampering or disabling individual talents. For example, intelligence is hampered with headphones that transmit distracting noises, strength is […]

Revisiting the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20 is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, invite students to open their minds by first opening their ears. Explore Dr. King’s continued significance through music. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Christopher Columbus are the only historical figures who never served as President for which the Federal government commemorates with a day […]


The ELA Common Core Standards

Academic standards have been around for years. For at least a decade, states and local agencies offered their version of standards to ensure equitable, high quality education for all. Teachers spent countless hours studying dozens of standards and planning standards-based curriculum. Yet, critics charged that the system of well, unsystematic state standards was not unified; […]

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