Wednesday: Learning

Art in academia

MARQUETTE — It’s cool when teachers can show off what they teach others. That was the case during the recent School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University. It could be easy to forget what the faculty do, said Melissa Alan, ...

Study: Struggling college students get hand

WASHINGTON —Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk. Researchers at Georgia State University spent four years analyzing students’ grades, ...

Reading text versus audio books

“Grandma, does listening to a book count the same as reading a book,” an eight year old asks? What a great thoughtful question in light of technology available to children. The answer is “It depends, yes and no.” Listening first Talking, listening and reading are closely linked. ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Playing, pounding fresh clay can be fun

About this time in winter young children need to play with something new, and fresh. And families are hoping, inexpensive, please. Like adults, children become restless, out of sorts, and don’t quite know why. They just are! Often they are like little growly grizzly bears. Part of the ...

Surg club raises money for AED

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Surgical Technology student organization recently raised funds to purchase an AED, or automated external defibrillator, that was installed outside the departmental lab in West Science. The students were motivated to take action because of their ...

Kindergarten kick off

MARQUETTE — Each child is unique, not only in personality but educational background and cognitive development. That’s why parents should consider attending kindergarten “roundups,” which are events where registration and screening take place. “We’re so fortunate to establish ...

Teach kindness and charity to children

Being kind and giving to others teaches responsibility, volunteerism, and self-worth. Orly Wahba’s “Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts” points out that there is a great need for everyone to be kinder in words and deeds to help make the world ...

Free tuition? Not the same as free college, students say

BUFFALO, N.Y. —They don't mean to sound ungrateful, but ... New York public college students who would stand to gain from the nation’s most ambitious free-tuition proposal are quick to point out a sobering reality from their own meager finances: Free tuition doesn't mean free ...

Helping kids make sense of numbers

When adults look at six dots on a dice we don’t need to count out the dots. We automatically know the dots mean six. That number sense is called subitizing. When young children learn subitizing, this immediate recognition leads to mastering other math skills: learning math facts, doing ...

DeVos may have used remarks without attribution

WASHINGTON (AP) —Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos appears to have used quotes from an Obama administration official without attribution in her written responses to questions from Democrats considering her nomination. DeVos’ nomination cleared the Senate Health, Education, Pensions ...

Try making history personal for kids

Grandparents have an important role in teaching history. It is all in the presentation though. If a history lesson involves the terrible winter of 1939-40, children will remember it if someone tells the story of great great grandpa being caught in the woods and surviving in an old cabin for a ...

Texas GOP stars push school of choice

AUSTIN, Texas — The governor of Texas and the Bush family’s rising star added political muscle Tuesday to a rally supporting school vouchers, which have stalled repeatedly in the country's largest Republican state despite steadfast support from top conservatives. Marching bands with ...

Bridges to Babylon

MARQUETTE — It might have been the closest local residents could have gotten to the ancient Egyptian pyramids without actually being there. Bothwell Middle School on Thursday held its fifth annual Eastern Hemisphere Civilizations Museum for which they made replica artifacts. To be as ...

Hugs and cuddles can be very important

How can we can express and receive love so children will understand and be reassured they are loved? In the “The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively” Drs. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell emphasize the importance of many forms of hugs. Although each child ...

DeVos to push for school of choice

WASHINGTON — Republican donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos says a one size-fits-all model of learning doesn't work and that she would promote charter, magnet, religious and other alternatives to public schools, if confirmed education secretary. But facing scathing criticism from ...

Under the dome: Seaborg Center gets portable digital planetarium

MARQUETTE — If you want to see what Earth looks like from the Martian surface, look no further than the Seaborg Center. The Glenn T. Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics, located at Northern Michigan University, has acquired a Starlab, a portable planetarium that ...

Children respond well to love languages

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It is tough, exhausting, and rewarding especially after following the advice in Drs. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell’s book “The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively.” They write about all the ways we can express ...

Charter School backed by DeVos growing

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A teenager grips the steering wheel and presses pedals. He sees wind-blown snow in front of him as he approaches the runway. A video game? No, George Radashaw is at a public charter school, simulating a flight in a Cessna airplane. “I’ve always loved ...

Getting a taste of the real world

HARVEY — A typical student’s day usually doesn’t involve seeing a dog that swallowed a dozen rocks. However, that’s been part of Kirsten Ryon’s school year. Ryon, a senior at Superior Central High School in Eben Junction, has been part of an internship program with the ...