We recently shared the 30 PBS programs nominated for PrimeTime emmys.  It’s little surprise to us that among the 49 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, many are for PBS KIDS programs with multiple nominations:  SESAME STREET (13), ODD SQUAD (6), PEG + CAT  (6) and CYBERCHASE.  All this programs offer curriculum and classroom content Continue Reading »

Students today cannot know what it was like to live under the early threats of nuclear war, but some may recall the radioactive decay in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan when a March 11, 2011 tsunami caused a catastrophic accident at the Fukushima nuclear reactor.  PBS LearningMedia has educational resources from two powerful premieres that aired this week: The Bomb and Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail. Continue Reading »

You and students can get to know Australia’s stunning Great Barrier Reef with resources from the PBS program Life on the Reef that premiered June 22nd.  Among the resources just added to PBS LearningMedia, a favorite clip  Continue Reading »

unnamedSometimes educators’ personal and professional lives blur as friends become mentors and leaders in teaching excellence.  Such was the case with Mary Ellen Baron, a dear friend and beloved educator who passed away on July 20, 2015 after refusing to let cancer define her life for the last 7 years.

A born educator, Mary Ellen saw teaching and learning moments in most moments of her life as a wife, mother and grandmother, teacher, administrator, and friend.  Never too busy to listen and help, she served those who were fortunate to cross her path — from students to custodians to colleagues — in the Westfield and Springfield schools, the Springfield School Department, and on the Monson School Board. Continue Reading »

Students are naturally curious about how things work and often like to come up with new ways of doing things. This week’s PBS LearningMedia theme, Inventions that Transformed the World, highlights the mechanics – and the human stories behind inventions that transformed history.

For example, MARTHA SPEAKS interactive story teaches how new devices Continue Reading »

This video clip from the PBS Emmy Nominated Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Ken Burns, which aired last March, is among 30 PBS programs that recently received Primetime Emmy Award nominations.  Classroom content from many of these nominated shows can be found at Continue Reading »

like-wish-wonder_lottascales1-e1436963850187As long as students who were doodling didn’t seem distracted in class, I never asked them to stop and, in fact, found they sometimes produced creative pieces.

Last week, our friends and colleagues at KQED’s MindShift started a poignant conversation about the art of doodling in the classroom. Where doodling was once thought of as a sign of students not paying attention, many are now embracing it as a way to express creativity and listen at a different level.   Continue Reading »


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