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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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kg16-vid-boydclassroom-resize-710x399Perseverance (aka grit) has been the focus of much discussion on what it takes for students — and teachers — to succeed.  On January 26, 2017 at 7:00p.m. Keep Going! Create a Culture of Perseverance in Math Classrooms offers an interactive discussion and demonstration of new professional development resources supporting the Problem Solving and Perseverance standard from the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

If you’re unable to joint the webinar, registering will allow you (more…)

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Our partner station, WGBH in Boston, hosts a free webinar on Writing in the US History Classroom:  Interactive Modules for Grades 9-12 tomorrow, January 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Even if you’re unable to join the demonstration and discussion at this time, you’ll receive a link to the recorded webinar by registering.

The  webinar focuses on new interactive lessons on writing (more…)

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Gwen Ifill, who we recently lost, narrates this story of middle-schooler Shubham Banerjee.  The student asked a simple question — how do blind people read? — and was inspired  and transformed into a tech entrepreneur through his use of the famous LEGO blocks.

We know that playing with these bricks can capture children’s imaginations, leading to some pretty spectacular and often original designs.  (My grown son still wants me to keep his collection LEGO pieces:) So are we surprised when Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, writes in Scholastic that LEGOs are her “favorite possibility-packed math manipulative”?  The article’s pictures illustrate how multi-sized LEGO pieces can add up to (more…)

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Before you take your leave for the holidays, we want to wish you all Peace & Joy in the New Year and continued energy & inspiration for the important work you do.

Since many teachers will be away from their classrooms until January 2017, we also want to share an array of resources on New Year’s celebrations around the world.   From Chinese New Year to Yom Kippur, (more…)

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