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“Cultivating the emotion of gratitude” is better than trying to exercise will power when trying to avoid impulsive buying, according to psychologist David DeSteno in his recent N Y Time’s piece “How to Avoid the Impulsive Buy.  Gratitude has many rich advantages as this video from the Transformative Teachers collection suggests.   A co-production of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT with WGBH on PBS Learning Media, the collection is a learning
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Top math collections from PBS LearningMedia offer teachers creative ways to apply lessons in math, especially when students may need help focusing as they anticipate upcoming holidays.  From Peg + Cat (grades PreK-2) to Khan Academy (grades 3-12),  (more…)

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This video of Michelle Obama that we shared here almost a year ago continues to be relevant, especially during Geography Awareness Week beginning November 17.   Throughout the week PBS LearningMedia will showcase a series of resources focused around global literacy and diplomacy, including several whole collections. (more…)

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Despite Cookie Monster’s first love, even he knows and teaches the importance of healthy eating.  Nutrition education needs to begin in elementary school and continue — and not just in health class and science units — argue scholars at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University.  They even question the claim by the corporate-backed School Nutrition Association that students are unwilling to eat healthier school lunchroom options.  (more…)

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Thomas, blue tank Engine No. 1  on Thomas & Friends, traveled to Springfield on October 9 when WGBY’S Community Engagement and Education Department hosted Buen Provecho at Gerena Community School. With eyes rolling and steam puffing, Thomas charmed fans and was a special delight to one little boy with autism.  As the child waved and talked to Thomas, even waiting patiently while the busy engine took a rest, his mother shared that her son loved Thomas, who had replaced an earlier fascination with Spider Man, a character who proved too aggressive. She said that her son’s therapist even brought Thomas & Friends materials to use as motivation when they worked together.

Beloved characters like Thomas help children stay enthusiastic about learning, and Thomas & Friends educational materials support 2-5 year olds to develop social-emotional skills and build an early foundation for preschool success. (more…)

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On Monday, October 27, and again on Friday, October 31, from 8:00 – 9:00am, WGBY airs Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and new episodes.  Because active learning begins with curiosity, this No. 1 show among households, kids 2-5, kids 2-11 and moms, provides strong motivation for children to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills with a beloved character.  Throughout the year, PBS KIDS offers resources for the classroom and home (more…)

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WGBY airs the Season 7 premiere of Art in the Twenty-First Century, a Peabody-Award winning biennial series, on Friday, October 24, at 10:00pm.  As the trailer shows, ART:21 provides inspiring, thought-provoking images and ideas through unique access to compelling artists of our time from the United States, Europe and Latin America.  You can find literally tens of thousands of preK-12 art resources (more…)

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