assessment method

Teacher Evaluation: A Comprehensive Study

How do you know if you’re good at your job? Whatever you do – butcher, baker, software maker – the standards of success are probably clearly understood by you, your superiors and your clients. Sales figures, mortality rates, Michelin stars … Continue reading

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child development

Museum Learning Exhibits and Early Learners

Museums are excellent places for children to learn.  The informal learning that comes from museums enhances what kids get in school. Museums enable us to supplement the formal, structured, curriculum-driven model encountered in classrooms.  Minda Borun, Director of Research and … Continue reading

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active learning

Effective Learning Environment

Traditional schooling is based on an educational paradigm that has been around since the turn of the century. During the Industrial Revolution, the purpose of education was to prepare people for jobs on assembly lines. And so the organized classroom … Continue reading

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teacher resources

Sustainability and Kids in the Classroom

Today’s kids are much more aware of the environment and the impact they have on it than their parents. The current generation of elementary and middle schoolers had never known life without Earth Day, curbside recycling programs or a range … Continue reading

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child development

Inspiring Creativity in Students

Inspiring creativity in your students may not be as simple as showing a film on Picasso or Van Gogh, but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult, either. There are easy ways to inspire creative thinking for all grade … Continue reading

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TXT Me L8r!

FYI my little 1s (3rd g8rs) just did a unit re: how 2 rite a ltr. Like, a ltr ltr. Old skool, LOL. U haf 2 start w the d8 @ the top. Nxt rite ur address. Not ur email… like @ ur house. Then ur BFF’s address 2.  U… Read More


You Majored in What?!

Graduation season is upon us, the time when we pause to celebrate the accomplishments of newly-minted degree-holders. Of course, in economic times such as these, there’s no guarantee that a new graduate, professionally green and facing unprecedented competition for jobs, will land solid employment just on the strength of a… Read More


Science Through Literature in Inner City Schools

It was very exciting – and a little intimidating – to be invited to spend a day at an inner-city high school in Los Angeles.  I have spent over a decade developing and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to teaching core concepts in science and mathematics; throwing out the traditional text… Read More

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