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Lessons for Independence Day

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As you are enjoying your holiday picnics, parades, and fireworks, reflect on the history and science behind Independence Day. "Revolutionary Perspectives," of America's History in the Making, reveals the political wrangling that led up to the Declaration of Independence and other state constitutions. Watch A Biography of America, “The Coming of Independence,” to see how English-loving colonists were transformed into freedom-loving … [Continue reading]

Summer Learning: Games

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Is it too rainy or hot to go outdoors? Pull out the familiar childhood games of cards, Mousetrap, and Rubik’s Cube. Or learn the mathematics behind game theory in unit 9, “Game Theory,” of Mathematics Illuminated.  Why is poker considered an imperfect game? How do different cultures define ‘fair’? How can language use work like a game? Mousetrap Ever wonder where the concept for the original Mousetrap (published in 1963) game … [Continue reading]

End of Year Reflections by Students in a Student-Centered Class (Guest Post)

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Today's guest post is by educator Kelly Garner (@GarnerRockstars). Her End of Year Reflection caught my attention on Twitter because it demonstrates that her classroom is exceedingly, if not bravely, student-centered. I asked her to share her students' reactions to the school year in a guest post. Here it is: In today’s classrooms there is a mindshift. We are preparing students to enter a world that provides them with opportunities that … [Continue reading]

What Students Can Learn From Scientific Studies (Topic: Genetically Engineered Crops)

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The Issue: Genetically Engineered Crops Since the first genetically engineered (GE) crops were approved for commercial use 20 years ago, debate has raged over whether they help or harm the environment, and whether foods that contain GE crops are safe to eat. (This concern is the driving force behind campaigns to require mandatory labeling for products that contain GE crops.) In May the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and … [Continue reading]

What’s On Your Summer Reading List?

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You deserve to relax a little. What better way to relax and escape than by reading about what interests you? It is hard to find time to pick up books just for fun during the school year. Kick back with that book that has been calling your name all year, or choose one from the programs below. Escape into exotic worlds of fiction by reading books like The Tale of Genji and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Watch Invitation to World Literature to … [Continue reading]