Wednesday: Learning

Online Khan Academy helps families

If your children struggle in elementary, middle or high school, or they simply need more practice, there is a website that can help turn things around. If you are a teacher who wants to help struggling students and high achievers, a site founded by Sal Khan and supported by the Gates Foundation ...

Cost of college

The Trump administration on Monday proposed new limits on federal student loans taken out by parents and graduate students as part of a broader proposal to curb the cost of college. White House officials included the plan in a list of suggested changes to the Higher Education Act, a sweeping ...

The Midfulness Mindset

K.I. SAWYER — There can be mayhem in a classroom, or there can be mindfulness. Most schools would choose the latter. Craig Kitchen of Marquette, a therapist for 32 years, comes to K.I. Sawyer Elementary School twice a week to teach mindfulness to students. His wife, Judy, used to teach ...

Training the teachers

MARQUETTE — A teacher’s plate can be pretty full on any given school day, with math, science and other lessons packed in a limited time period. However, it’s important a subject as serious as mental health be part of the curricula. Teachers from across the Upper Peninsula underwent ...

South Dakota artist creates display that teaches math, art

SPEARFISH, S.D. — In the midst of patrons running laps and playing pickleball, a display devoted to the art of perspective is currently set up in the Lookout Room at the Spearfish rec center. A group of eighth-grade students recently got to explore the “Up, Down, and All Around” ...

Connecting music skills and learning

The years before age 8 are a critical time for building the physical, mental and emotional foundations that support us for the rest of our lives. Researchers have found a significant positive relationship between formal music lessons before or around age 8 and reading comprehension, spelling, ...

Literature as therapy

MARQUETTE — Mental illness affects about one in five American teens. This is increasingly reflected in young adult fiction, as recent surveys indicate one quarter of the genre’s titles feature characters with psychological disorders. Northern Michigan University English professor Kia ...

S.O.S

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Garrett Greenwood could relate to the new kid in homeroom. “He was sitting there by himself,” recalled the senior at Cumberland Valley High School. “He was scared to talk to anybody. He was me last year at the beginning of the year.” The son of an Air Force ...

Teaching children to spring back

From years of research and experience Dr. Katharine Kersey has more suggestions to help children develop the self-confidence and tenacity to spring back when there is a low point. These suggestions are proactive and build a habit of toughness and positivity over time. They are printed with ...

Transition to the working world

Career and technical education comes in many forms, and it helps when local businesses support it. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Harvey has been named the best vocational internship training site in Marquette and Alger counties. The recognition was made Monday by the Marquette-Alger ...

Playing hide and seek with letters

It’s a good idea to pair learning and games anytime since the brain is more open to learning when fun is involved. Here is a hide and seek game with letters. You will need these materials: A large, shallow plastic container similar to a dishpan, a set of alphabet letters, and either packing ...

Education for All

ASNI, Morocco — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, flew up to a village in Morocco’s rugged Atlas Mountains on Sunday to visit a school and encourage girls to pursue an education no matter what the obstacles. Harry and the pregnant Meghan landed in the mountain town of Asni ...

Teachers use crowdfunding for classroom supplies

COLUMBIA, Mo. — When Alexander Tai taught math in Georgia public schools, he had to pay for his own copy paper. The school district provided a copier for its teachers, but Tai and his colleagues were left to scramble for coupons if they wanted to print worksheets or study guides for their ...

More than one way to do math

MARQUETTE — Figuring out math problems, even simple ones, can test the confidence of both teacher and pupil. A newly awarded grant might help change that. Northern Michigan University has been awarded a nearly $300,000 MiSTEM Advisory Council grant for one year that will incorporate the ...

For sake of pupils’ pupils

BEIJING (AP) — An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students’ eyesight. Zhejiang province issued a draft regulation last week and is seeking public comment. It is one of several provinces ...

Helping children develop resilience

After years of research and experience Dr. Katharine Kersey has some suggestions to help children develop resilience and self-reliance, printed with permission. ¯ Encourage children to maintain a positive attitude about chores and homework by teaching them creative ways to find fun in any ...

Try tea partying with the grandkids

What is better than scones and adults’ attention? Grandparents can help young children learn table manners, the art of conversation, and feel comfortable using them during an English Tea. Invite some friends, stuffed animals, and a few action figures who need little culture to save the ...

Bomb-sniffing dogs join WMU police force

By mLive KALAMAZOO — Two new officers joined the police force at Western Michigan University. German shepherds Brax and Oso are the newest members of WMU Public Safety, according to a press release from the university. The explosive-detection police dogs are younger than 2 years old, ...

Wildcat wellness

MARQUETTE — Health education is never ending, regardless of whether you’re a college student or an adult professor. Northern Michigan University students, and just about anyone who walked through the doors Tuesday at the University Center, had the chance to learn their blood type, pet ...

Indoor sandbox fun for kids in winter

While the sandbox is buried under layers of snow and frozen solid you can still provide sand fun indoors and keep a tidy house. It’s hard to believe but this recipe feels better than damp beach sand. It is soft and velvety, yet holds its shape when building castles and roads. It also adds ...