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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, (more…)

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“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 (more…)

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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  (more…)

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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, (more…)

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tues-teach-boldy-resize-629x354-380x250_cBack in September we shared information about the Teach Boldly Sweepstakes, a chance to enter daily to win a one-month supply of Starbuck’s coffee for you and your colleagues – OR, the grand prize, (more…)

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In its purest sense, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, something to be practiced every day in our classrooms and personal lives.

Remember those childhood days (and maybe more recent ones) when we felt our hair was (more…)

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This excerpt from The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross tells the story of Priscilla, a young girl purchased by a rice planter at a South Carolina slave auction. Searching for resources to bring black history alive this February (or any month), I discovered this video clip in 50 Resources for Black History Month, shared by PBS station KQED in San Francisco.  Thank you, KQED!

Among these varied resources for teaching and learning about African Americans  (more…)

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