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Friday, April 18, 2008

You've made it through another week. It's time to rest your brain, have some fun, explore some new resources kick back and start your weekend off on a light note!


Dozens of new postings this week, same as every week! Among the great resources you'll find this week

Math Awareness Month Fun
Each week this month, a new volume of engaging math activities that build, reinforce skills.

What Is the Most Serious Problem Facing Earth?
As Earth Day approaches, let teams of students examine environmental issues and make the case for the most serious problem.

"Science Spectacular" Event Grows Young Scientists
"If children grow up as scientists, if they see themselves doing the work of scientists, then they are more likely to be inclined to become scientists"

For more practical content, explore this week's updated Channel pages:
Lesson Planning      Administrator's Desk      School Issues
Professional Development              Technology Integration
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How do you feel about a law that would require all parents to donate time to their school district each year?

The time has come to ensure that all parents get involved.
I agree with the spirit of the law, but I don't think it is workable.
It's the most bonehead idea I've heard in a long time.

Should Parent Involvement Be Required?
Earlier this month, an Ohio legislator introduced a bill that would require parents to volunteer in their school district at least 13 hours each year. If they fail to donate time, a $100 fine would be levied. If the fine is not paid, the $100 would be deducted from their state tax refund. Response to the bill has run the gamut. One person referred to the bill as "one of those stupid ideas that surface from time to time." Others point to studies that say children whose parents are involved do better in school, and now is the time to ensure that all kids have that advantage. Parents could get involved in many ways, including tutoring, participating on school or district committees, assisting with extracurricular activities, chaperoning field trips, or doing clerical work, lunchroom duty, or library duty. (Read the full story)


Fabulous Teachers
TeachersCount, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise the status of the teaching profession and provide resources to the education community, recently introduced their newest campaign, Behind Every Famous Person Is a Fabulous Teacher. The series of ads, which will appear in national publications, introduces more than 20 well-known figures and the teachers who most affected their growth and development. The campaign includes celebrities such as First Lady Laura Bush, television figures Al Roker (NBC News' Today) and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), and others from the worlds of sports, music, and business. The campaign is inviting your suggestions for additional celebrities, and they are also offering four of the ads as posters, while supplies last. Just email TeachersCount at [email protected] to request the free posters.


Time to Measure Up
Do your students have the basics of simple measurement down pat? Do they know that 16 ounces are equivalent to 1 pound and that 2 pints make a quart? If they could use practice reinforcing those basic equivalencies, this Math Matching game at provides a useful tool for such practice. The activity is set up as a Concentration game where students reveal the measurement behind each card and try to match the cards that offer equivalent measurements. Let students compete to see who can make all the matches in the fewest moves. Math Matching provides valuable reinforcement of measurement basics, and it's fun too.

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Just in Time for Earth Day!
This Is My Planet: The Kids' Guide to Global Warming

by Jan Thornhill (Maple Tree Press)
Too much information can be overwhelming, so it's no surprise that most children are confused and disheartened by the barrage of alarming media coverage on global warming. This Is My Planet combines straightforward explanations of how the planet works with down-to-earth suggestions about what kids can do. This collage-style book (which some adult readers might find confusing, but kids seem to enjoy) shows how global warming affects plants, animals, humans, the ocean, and the land. Readers are encouraged to respect the planet as they learn how scientists formulate complex action plans. The book strikes a positive, hopeful, empowering tone, and it suggests simple, everyday ways kids can protect the planet, such as turning off lights and taking shorter showers. Learn more or buy the book.


Maybe Monday will be a good day to approach your school or district leaders about attending one of these upcoming conferences put on by well-known national associations.

Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning
The annual conference will be in Madison, Wisconsin, from August 5 - 8, 2008.

Transforming the Experience: The Magic of Experiential Education
The annual conference of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) will be in Orlando, Florida, from September 24 - 26, 2008.

Transforming Life Science Education
The annual conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) will be in Memphis, Tennessee, from October 15 - 18, 2008.

Smarter Connections for 21st Century Learning
The annual Technology & Learning Conference of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) will be in Seattle, Washington, from October 28 - 30, 2008.

If your national non-profit organization's conference should be listed here, send an email to [email protected]. We will be happy to include it in our rotation so long as it is open to all educators and/or administrators (not only members).


Textbook for Sale

Cards offering used textbooks for sale are often posted on college bulletin boards at the beginning of each semester. One enterprising student posted one of those cards, which read

Introduction to Psychology - $8
Never used. Must sell.
The next day a note had been added:
Good price.
Are you sure it's never been used?
Prospective buyer
Below in a different hand was penned this addendum:
Professor who graded his exam

Now go and enjoy your weekend!