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It's a New School Year and I'...

It's a new school year and I'd like to share one thought...focus on the positive!

As a classroom teacher for 33 years, I know that there are days when this thought is difficult at best to accomplish, but it really is something to keep in mind...even on those difficult days.  Take a walk during your break, have some photographs of your...

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Type 2s For You

You can have big dreams and high expectations when it comes to having your students complete projects. But if they lack the skills necessary to complete those projects, you’re going to run into some trouble.

That’s where Type 2 activities come in.  Type 2 activities provide students with how-to-think and how-to-learn skills.  The term Type 2 falls within Dr. Joseph Renzulli’s Enrichment Triad Model (For a full description, visit ...

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Amazing Dedication to get an Education!

The dedication to get an education displayed by these young teens is amazing!

How do you get to school? Do you walk , ride a bike or take a bus? Approximately 60 students in a rural village in India's Gujarat state, walk and WADE across a river each day to get to and from their high school! There isn't any public transportation and there isn't a bridge for them to cross the river. Their village is located across the Heran River from  the Utavali High School. The river is about 50 ft...

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Happy 200th Birthday to the Star...

Happy 200th Birthday to The Star Spangled Banner! September 14, 2014, is the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of the poem which became our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

 

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Hmmm, What Do You Think? Possible Bell...

Here is a possible bell-ringing activity:

Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." What do you think about his quote? Is it better to have a creative mind that thinks about possibilities or a mind full of information that can make possibilities into reality?

Have a GREAT SCHOOL YEAR!

Gail

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What the (Gifted) Experts Say...

This past summer, I had the opportunity to attend Confratute, a week-long gifted education training at the University of Connecticut. On the final day of the conference, a panel of experts formed to answer questions on how to implement all the great ideas that participants learned and how to change the culture of a school regarding enrichment and talent development.

I thought it would be helpful if I used this week’s blog to summarize what each expert said, thus sharing their...

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Who Owns a Monkey Selfie? YOU Be the...

Selfies--everyone seems to be taking them these days…even monkeys. And, a big legal fight is going on over just WHO owns a particular monkey selfie.

A wildlife photographer taking pictures of black macaques on the island of Indonesia had his camera swiped by one of the monkeys he was photographing.The monkey took lots and lots of pictures, with its selfie being remarkably clear.  It went viral over the Internet and one site, Wikipedia, posted the photograph without the photographer’s...

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Operation Houndstooth: Teaching...

I had an experience this past school year that really got me thinking about whether the curriculum I was using was adequate to teach my gifted students to grow into creative, productive and responsible adults. As part of a research project, one of my students decided to start a teacher recognition program at the school, which would involve students each month voting on their favorite teacher and providing that teacher with a goodie bag and certificate. The project sounded innocent enough,...

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Kids Often Ask..."Why Do We Have...

Students have always asked me..."Why do we have to learn this stuff about ancient Greeks or the Middle Ages?" My answer: Much of what we have today was because of things developed by people who lived long ago.
 
I used to start the year by taking out of the attic a VERY sad-looking stuffed dog which I had as a girl and bringing it to class. Its button nose had been replaced several times over the years and it got run over when I dropped it in the street, so its stuffing was a bit...

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Using the News in the Classroom: 3D...

Need a few minutes to collect homework, do attendance, etc.? Bell ringers are always a great use of time, especially when they involve topics in the news. Students at MIT have created a 3D printer that produces ice cream. Great opportunity to share facts about ice cream and if time, do some of the extension activities. Hope you find the information of value. It is also posted at my website for teachers: ...

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It's a New School Year and I'...

It's a new school year and I'd like to share one thought...focus on the positive!

As a classroom teacher for 33 years, I know that there are days when this thought is difficult at best to accomplish, but it really is something to keep in mind...even on those difficult days.  Take a walk during your break, have some photographs of your...

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