Wednesday: Learning

Bridge to victory

NEGAUNEE — Michigan middle and high school students dominated a national bridge-building competition event in Tennessee May 22 as teams from around the state took seven of the top nine places. It’s hard to be more dominating than garnering a first place, though, and that’s what happened ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii last erupted to this magnitude in 1982. It is erupting now with a vengeance. Although the overflow of the 10 calderas is devastating to some land and people of Hawaii’s Big Island, the cracks and flows help children peak inside the Earth’s crust, search for igneous ...

Decoding dysgraphia

By MetroCreative Many people are familiar with or have at least heard of dyslexia, a condition that can affect a person’s ability to read and comprehend the written word. Few may be as knowledgeable about dysgraphia, another learning disability that can affect language skills. Dysgraphia ...

A practical approach

MARQUETTE — There’s a definite need for nursing. Northern Michigan University’s School of Nursing is collaborating with Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College on a new practical nursing certificate program. The program was established in response to outreach from local health care ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Find teachable moments this summer

Adults don't need to be trained teachers to help their children practice skills during the summer. That practice is very important so skills are expanded or not weakened. Families can use 10 or more minutes of teachable moments every day to teach any subject. While taking a walk, talk about ...

Classroom tech trends to watch

Technology continues to evolve. With computers, tablets and smartphones, people of all ages are immersed in technology. According to the Pew Research Center, 56 percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 go online several times a day. Teens are not just relying on technology at home or ...

Farming fundamentals

CHATHAM — The North Farm this summer is hosting a series of short courses on topics ranging from livestock on small farms to managing wooded areas. The workshops explore farming fundamentals and best practices, which will be taught by teams from Michigan State University Extension and Alger ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Marshmallows much more than s’mores

Marshmallows have four grams of sugar each which is about one teaspoon of sugar. Four grams may be OK if you only eat just one. However, who eats just one or counts the calories around the campfire? Marshmallows can also be used for art projects and artsy recipes this time of the year when ...

Bridges to Tennessee

NEGAUNEE — Before big bridges are built, often little bridges have to be constructed first. Almost 200 teams composed of almost 600 Michigan high and middle school students presented and tested their bridges at the 10th Annual Michigan Design and Build Bridge Challenge sponsored by the ...

Summer learning LOSS?

By MetroCreative Summer vacation presents an opportunity for students to enjoy an extended break from the classroom. While this respite from routine may be a welcome change to youngsters, teachers frequently lament that valuable educational lessons seem to be forgotten each summer. Educators ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Some of the best games young children play are those they make up themselves with very little equipment. When they learn how to create their own fun that terrible word “bored” just doesn’t come out of their mouths. Michael and Matthew ages 9 and 11 found themselves on a one- hour ferry ...

Helping children welcome spring season

Adults can help their children discover the changing seasons by sharing the excitement of watching for signs of spring. You will need vases, water, sprigs of bushes and trees, books about spring and seasons. Read some books together about spring. Talk about the seasons. Then on a nice day ...

From tank to river

GWINN — Gwinn middle schoolers have been getting tanked up — but in a positive and scientific way. Science teacher Kristy Humphrey’s students have been taking part in the Salmon in the Classroom project, with the help of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. However, the ...

Michigan curriculum developed from archaeological sites

NUNICA, Mich. (AP) — Information from two archaeological sites in western Michigan has been developed into new lesson plans for third grade and fifth grade students. The Michigan Department of Transportation excavated the Ottawa County sites in 2011 and 2012, recovering artifacts such as ...

School to give radio experience to some students with autism

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A new fellowship program at Western Kentucky University aims to prepare students with autism to enter the workforce by providing broadcasting experience. The David Brinkley Student Employment Fellowship Program will provide two positions to students with the goal ...

Illinois pilot program connects students with therapists

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois county is using a pilot program to connect children and teenagers experiencing a mental health concern or crisis with a therapist. The McLean County Health Department, county Center for Human Services and the Chestnut Health Systems are providing ...

Teacher tech

MARQUETTE — It’s a virtual certainty that virtual reality is playing an increasingly bigger role in classrooms. And those classrooms include those in the Upper Peninsula, which — like school districts in more populated areas of Michigan and even the United States — need to move past ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Children can start a garden early

The weather is mostly sunny but the soil is not ready for planting. This is one of the most frustrating times of the year. We are ready to plant but the soil is not in many parts of the United States. In a perfect world, families would wait for the garden soil to be 80 degrees before ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Helping kids deal with bullying isn’t easy

While talking with young children about bullying, they often share how upset and helpless they feel that no one comes forward to help. Adults are disappointed and hurt about this, too. They know witnessing bullying can be just as, if not more, damaging to the other children as the victims. ...

HEALTHY IMAGES

MARQUETTE — How does a photographer get a compelling picture of a radiologist looking at a mammography image? It’s a sensitive subject about a procedure that takes place in a private area. With a little imagination — and advice from a medical professional — it can be done. Sidney ...