In just a few days our nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Day, which recognizes the contributions that famed Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. made to advancing racial equality through non-violent means. Since 1986, the third Monday in every January people take part in various activities–speeches, marches, community service projects, or visiting sites that highlight King’s life and legacy. As educators seeking to create independent, conscious thinkers, how can we get them to use their words and knowledge to affect change in their schools? As King wrote as a junior at Morehouse College,
If you are like me, you are in the middle of progress monitoring for your end of quarter comparisons. Do you have students that haven’t progressed at all? If you look closely, some of those students are your “bright” students. So what can you do to help those high achieving students to engage in your classroom?
Not everyone thinks about primary sources when planning science lessons for students in lower elementary.
However, teaching students to rely on facts and evidence as close to the reference point as possible is an incredible way to build critical thinking early on.
The good news is that science primary sources are everywhere:
Every year during the second week of January, our country celebrates National Letter Writing Week. The art of letter writing may seem foreign—or antiquated—to a generation surrounded with instant messaging, texting, and social media platforms that make communicating with people across the world almost instantaneous. Once you review the basic parts of writing—heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature, students can write letters of all kinds to anyone! Check out the ideas we have below as you celebrate National Letter Writing Week!
Celebrate National Trivia Day on January 4th with jokes and riddles.
Higher level thinking skills can be developed through exposure to jokes and riddles. If you haven’t considered them as a teaching tool, you may want to start if your students meet the following criteria.
National Science Fiction Day is celebrated each year on the 2nd day of January by science fiction fans in the United States. National Science Fiction Day, an “unofficial” holiday as it corresponds with the birth date of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. It has been shown that science fiction is a popular topic amongst children. Subsequently, on science fiction day teachers can encourage students to watch some classic fiction movies, T.V. shows, or begin to read a science fiction novel. Upon further exploration, encourage students to visit the Museum of Science Fiction website located at: http://www.museumofsciencefiction.org/welcome/
Once, I was surprised with an administrator visit and teaching evaluation late in the afternoon on the very first day back from Winter Break.
Are your bags packed, decorations hung, or celebrations planned? Well, before you
get too far into the winter break activities, I’d like to give you some ideas you can use at home or in your classrooms that keep the dreaded reading packet at bay.
I’ve spent the last year of my life transitioning from being a writing teacher to a writing writer.
And here’s something I’ve never, ever been asked to do for any writing gig- paid or otherwise-
Kylie Jenner’s Latest Red-Carpet Look
Donald Trump at War With NBC Nightly News
The Lego Batman Movie
Bob Barker’s 93rd Birthday
Parasite Worm Found in Coca-Cola Bottles
Here’s a quiz for you: can you spot the fake news from the actual trending topics of today?