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Whatever grade or subject matter, we teach character not only by curriculum but by the relationships we cultivate with and between students.  If we’re impatient and authoritative, students can be intimidated or rebellious.  When we’re kind and flexible, they can grow individually and together.

Of course, the content of their studies contributes to the content of their characters, Continue Reading »

“I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.”  Fred Rogers

Yesterday was Mr. Roger’s birthday.  In this song, he does what he does so well — spreads the importance of being loved and cherished.  (You might want to play this video for children in or out of the classroom on their birthdays or non-birthdays:)

You’ll find many hundred of resources Continue Reading »

As this clip shows, Cyberchase teaches kids to use their heads when it comes to taking care of their bodies. (Watch more Cyberchase and you’ll see how mathematics fits into the equation:)

Math meets movement in Springfield this month as WGBY leads local students in the Cyberchase Step It Up! program.  Because our bodies and minds are interconnected, we’re grateful to  Continue Reading »

istock_000017080792_medium_1Would you like to help shape the resources and services that PBS Education offers teachers across the United States by sharing your insights?

While the new PBS research panel has  participation from teachers across the preK-12 spectrum, it’s  currently seeking Continue Reading »

“I’m not just a kids’ writer, I’m a people writer.”  Theodore Giesel, after winning Pulitzer

Born in Springfield on March 2, 1904, Theodore Giesel is our native son, but he belongs to the world — of adults as well as children.  I’ve known another of his quotations, “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened,” to bring solace to those grieving.

For those of you who live and work with kids, PBS provides plenty to celebrate Continue Reading »

Last November before President Obama left the White House, he honored 21 individuals with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor —  among them, Maya Lin.

Lin captured the nation’s attention and imagination ever since winning the public design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1989 when only 21 and an undergraduate at Yale.  (Her design, controversial at the time, was chosen over 1,441 other submissions.)

Tonight, Explore Biodiversity Through Timelines – Grades 6-12, WGBH, in collaboration with Maya Lin Studio’s “What Is Missing?” Project, gives you the chance to join Lin, Continue Reading »

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On Saturday, February 25th, from 10:00am – 3:00pm, WGBY celebrates PBS KIDS programs and characters at Springfield’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  In addition to taking part in many activities, children can meet PBS KIDS characters Curious George, Buddy from Dinosaur Train, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and Michelangelo of The Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Children who come dressed in a PBS KIDS-inspired costume or a favorite PBS KIDS character can be entered to win an Continue Reading »