From our newsletter: Preparing Kids for Tomorrow • Teaching Visual Literacy • Successful STEM Strategies • Poetry & the Common Core • A Year of Super Tech Posts • Timely Talk = Successful Change • Writing for Special Audiences • Art History Online • Quick Links (free subscription)
Preparing Kids for Tomorrow
from Stenhouse Publishers
It's essential that we explicitly teach kids how visual information works —how to comprehend it and how to communicate with it. I See What You Mean is a practical guide to incorporating visual literacy—maps, diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts—throughout your curriculum. Preview the entire book online.
Successful STEM Strategies
How can STEM education succeed in America? In this Hechinger Report interview, Professor David Drew focuses on the need to draw more students into STEM -- girls, minority youth, white kids from poor families -- especially as they enter the middle grades and face stumbling blocks like intensified math anxiety. Drew emphasizes the importance of engaged teachers who can spur student excitement. He also debunks several STEM myths.
Poetry & the Common Core
Poet and PD consultant Georgia Heard was skeptical about how the Common Core State Standards would impact the teaching of her favorite E/LA content: poetry. But after reviewing the literacy goals, she's pleasantly surprised -- so much so, in fact, that she's agreed to write a book for Scholastic on poetry and the Common Core. Heard talks about using CCSS with poetry and other genres in this podcast interview at Choice Literacy (transcript provided).
A Year of Super Tech Posts
Timely Talk = Successful Change
Writing for Special Audiences
Art History Online
Professors created smarthistory to offer free art history resources not embedded in heavy tomes with lots of superfluous details. The site provides art overviews reaching back to prehistory, along with helpful links and brief video commentaries on selected works. Kids will likely be drawn to Claes Oldenburg’s 1962 Floor Cake as well as ancient works like the 4600 year old Great Lyre from the “King’s Grave” found in Mesopotamia. Objects can spark discussion for social studies and ELA students as well as in art classes.
Didn't find quite what you need? Here's a quick look at some other resources of interest.
• Can social media and school policies be friends? ASCD challenges assumptions, provides a good infographic on the issue.
• Find out what teacher teams need to succeed in this quick read from the Harvard Education Letter.
• NASA’s GRAIL A and B spacecraft reach the Moon this weekend. Watch for news as the near-twins map the gravity of our nearest neighbor.
• Research shows novelty bolsters learning. And works for teachers as well as students.
• PC users, don’t miss SaveDelete’s 100 tips to speed up your use of Windows, Word, Excel and email.