Wednesday: Learning

E-cigs gain popularity among teens

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tobacco cigarettes' popularity is going up in smoke as a new smoking trending gains traction among America's youth. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat liquid-based nicotine into an inhalable vapor, USA ...

Community cannabis

MARQUETTE — Marijuana has and will be in the news a lot this year. So, it was timely that Northern Michigan University hosted a community cannabis forum Sept. 18 at the West Science building. Groups whose views were represented at the event included the Students for Sensible Drug Policy ...

Walk the Chalk

MARQUETTE — The sidewalks at Northern Michigan University’s Academic Mall resembled part of the movie “Mary Poppins” Monday afternoon. One scene in that famous 1964 film depicted Bert creating sidewalk art into which he, the title character and the children, Jane and Michael Banks, ...

Schools turn to technology to monitor e-cig use

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Fort Smith schools expanded anti-tobacco policy to include vaping and e-cigarettes “a number of years ago.” Schools around the country are beginning to install sensors in bathrooms, locker rooms and stairwells to detect and alert administrators when vaping ...

Love for science starts early in life

One interesting science lesson for young children is oil and water do not mix. The word is insoluble. The other is evaporation. An easy way to help children explain insoluble is to put a quarter cup of water in a glass and place cooking oil globs into the glass. Children can break up the oil ...

Kids learn social rules to thrive

The Constitution and Bill of Rights are celebrated every year in September. Families actually can celebrate them throughout the year whenever rules come up in family discussions. There are checks and balances in families, too. In clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s best seller “12 ...

Virtual learning: Using AI immersion to teach Chinese

TROY, N.Y. — To learn Chinese in this room, talk to the floating panda head. The Mandarin-speaking avatar zips around a 360-degree restaurant scene in an artificial intelligence-driven instruction program that looks like a giant video game. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students testing ...

Energy & Saving Money

MARQUETTE — Negaunee High and Middle schools are two of only six public schools in the Upper Peninsula that are ENERGY STAR-certified. In fact, Michigan has more ENERGY STAR-certified K-12 schools than any other state in the Midwest, with plans to help other Michigan public educational ...

‘Noon Skate’

MARQUETTE — There are plenty of challenges depicted in Carol Mackela’s new book, “Noon Skate.” Mackela, who grew up in Flint but now lives in Springfield, Virginia, has just completed a novel about ice dancing. However, as big as winter sports are in the Upper Peninsula where her ...

New baby in home means changes

There is a new baby in the home. Parents are exhausted. Grandparents are ecstatic. What does the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend? The first year this beautiful baby will grow from someone who snuggles, coos, and lies around to someone who is running around exploring and saying first ...

Music videos become tool to boost learning, test scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sixth-grade math teacher Christina Nuchols watched recentlyas one of her students walked through the hall singing a song about decimals. Her students at Whittle Springs Middle School, a Title I low-income school in Knoxville, are often the ones who don't do their ...

Children can toast breakfast often

Sometimes making breakfasts the last thing you want to do, but families can teach children to make toast with many toppers nutritionists urge. Good toast begins with a nutritious bread like 100 percent whole wheat or multi grain sliced bread.They have about 50 calories and 4 grams of ...

Billions diverted from K-12 schools

MARQUETTE — Legislators have diverted $4.5 billion from K-12 schools over the past eight years, according to a new report recently released by the Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy. This includes $637 million in lost K-12 funding for the 2017-2018 school year and a record ...

Where are blacks, women? Museums rethink past

By MARK PRATT Associated Press BOSTON — A Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life in the early 19th century is looking to overhaul the way it presents the past in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st century audience. Old Sturbridge Village has received a $75,000 grant ...

Bulletin Board

Elks fish fry announced MARQUETTE — Marquette Elks 405 will have a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday. The public is welcome. Chef Jeff will make to order whitefish, baked or fried with a choice of lemon pepper, cajun or ragin cajun spices. Shrimp, beer-battered cod, burgers and chicken strips ...

‘When Teddy Came to Town’

MARQUETTE — Bull moose have made their way into Marquette County throughout the years, but one of a different sort visited the county early in the early 1900s for what has been called one of the most famous libel trials of the 20th century. That was when former President Theodore ...

Children learn by imitating others

One of the best ways for children to learn is observing others and then trying to do the same thing. From birth through adulthood, humans frequently pattern learning on the behavior of others. Adults and older children are powerful influences who can foster learning every day. Copying ...

Poll: Support growing for school of choice

WASHINGTON — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard's Kennedy School and ...

Sharing nature with kids

HARVEY — Cell phones and computers have their place in the world, but so does the natural world itself. Author Richard Louv has written an international bestseller, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder,” which spotlights the alienation of children ...

Getting back to school has routine

It’s time for families to plan for school again. This is an exciting time for students of all ages as they look forward to new classes, activities, and friends. It’s also a good time to teach planned shopping, economics and routine. Helping prepare You can include young children in your ...