A New Year, A New Focus on Classroom Management

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Happy New Year!  With a new year, often comes a re-energized sense of determination to make THIS year the best yet!  With New Year’s resolutions abundant, I thought it would be an appropriate time to broach the topic of classroom management—I mean who doesn’t want to improve strategies in this area? The more controlled, inviting, … read more »


Teaching Geography in the Classroom – Maps, Maps, and More Maps!

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I remember geography as a subject taught with worksheets and maps pulled down in front of the chalkboard. A well-stocked classroom contained several maps to choose from – state, country, and the world. If you were fortunate, the teacher selected you to come to the front of the room to point to places on the … read more »


Encouraging Innovation

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There’s a better way to do it – find it. Thomas Edison Have you read articles like this one that tell us about all of the jobs that may disappear in the next few years? Or, maybe you have been to a presentation where you’ve heard all about the skills we teach students that may … read more »


Happy Holiday Reading!

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First published on December 19th in 1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is still popular today. Holiday reading is just the right thing to get everyone in the holiday spirit! In Iceland, everyone celebrates Jolabokaflod (pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot). The holiday season is signaled by the arrival of the Bokatidindi—a catalog of every new book published … read more »


3 Resources for Science News for Students… And What To Do With Them!

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December 11 is International Mountain Day. The purpose of this occasion is to highlight the importance of mountains as a resource for over half of the world’s population and also recognize the damaging effects of climate change, overpopulation, and over-exploitation of resources. Although this isn’t a famous event, the purpose and issues are ones that … read more »