Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum


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Heard at NCTM 2014 in New Orleans. Check out the newly updated Against All Odds: Inside Statistics here. … [Continue reading]

Wetlands 2: May is American Wetlands Month

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Since 1991, U.S. government agencies and partner organizations have designated May as American Wetlands Month. Here are some more ways to incorporate wetlands into science classes, building on the links in the previous post (Wetlands 1: Marshes and Mud Flats and Bogs, Oh My!). Wetlands in your region: As discussed in The Habitable Planet, "Major Terrestrial and Aquatic Biomes," Earth is divided into distinct climate zones – warmer and wetter … [Continue reading]

9 Ways to Encourage Play for Kindergarten Day and Every Day!


Time to pull out the blocks and finger paints. Kindergarten Day recognizes the importance of play, games, and creative activity in children’s education. In 1837, Friedrich Froebel, born April 21, 1782, established the first kindergarten in Germany. German immigrants brought the idea to the U.S. in the 1840s. In 1873, the first public kindergarten was started in St. Louis, MO. Kindergarten classrooms of the past provided oodles of time for … [Continue reading]

Wetlands 1: Marshes and Mud Flats and Bogs, Oh My!


If you live in the Northeast, Midwest, or along the Pacific coast, don’t be surprised if you see small ponds or lakes appear suddenly in your neighborhood during the spring. These are vernal pools – wet areas that form in low-lying zones where water collects in winter and spring. By summer the water evaporates, leaving the site damp or dry through autumn. Vernal pools are seasonal wetlands, but many other types occur year-round across … [Continue reading]