Wednesday: Learning

New UN peace messenger to promote girls’ education

UNITED NATIONS — Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, newly designated as a U.N. Messenger of Peace, said Monday that extremists tried to kill her but didn't succeed and in her second life she is keeping up her fight for education especially for girls - and hoping men and boys will become ...

‘Penny War’ commences

MARQUETTE — A “war” is going on at Marquette Alternative High School at Vandenboom, but it’s for a good cause. Students and staff are raising funds while hoarding pennies and “bombing” others with “silver” coins like quarters or nickels during the Penny War, which began in ...

Children must move their muscles for health

Spring time weather can be as unpredictable as preschool children’s behavior. However, children’s need for at least one hour of exercise every day is very predictable. When outdoor play is not possible, try some safe active indoor games. Gross motor activities use the large muscles of the ...

Teachers across Poland strike

WARSAW, Poland — Teachers across Poland went on strike Friday to protest a sweeping educational overhaul by the populist government that will eliminate middle schools this fall. Many fear the change is a pretext for introducing a more nationalistic curriculum that will leave children less ...

Gwinn district honors Teacher of the Year

At the March 20 regular meeting of the Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education, Gwinn Area Community Schools, Superintendent Thomas Jayne, right, presented Brad Pfluger with a plaque honoring him as district “Teacher of the Year.” Pfluger’s peers indicated he was the epitome of ...

From mining to fat bikes

MARQUETTE — With the constant evolution of a region comes constant education. That was at least one reason to listen to the presentation, “Who Do We Think We Are? A Tale of Mine Shafts, Caving Ground, Wilderness, Weed Wackers, Wolves and Fat Tire Bikes,” given by local historian Robert ...

About giving children time out and time in

Expect it. Young children test grandparents’ limits and do behaviors that are dangerous or disruptive. They break rules set by the parents. Families may avoid some power struggles by giving children several simple choices, planning ahead, setting up rules and expectations, and practicing ...

A ‘dia’ in another LANGUAGE

MARQUETTE — If you were a student taking part in Spanish Day, a mere “yes” or “no more” wouldn’t have sufficed. In fact, it might have landed you in “jail.” A “si” or “no mas,” though, were the preferred responses. Hundreds of high school students from throughout the ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Try writing personalized books with preschoolers

Young children may not be able to form their letters yet, but they are able to talk and draw. All they need are family members to help them write a personalized book. Children like to talk about themselves and be the complete focus of an adult’s attention. Gather some computer paper, ...

Hitting the ‘Marc’

MARQUETTE — Marc Mero was enthusiastic when speaking to North Star Academy students, but he had to be. The message of the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion at a Monday presentation centered on making the right choices and standing up to bullies. Mero, a former amateur boxer ...

Study: Student loan defaults rising

The stock market is up, unemployment is down but things aren't rosy for all Americans. A new analysis of government data by the Consumer Federation of America found that the number of Americans in default on their student loans jumped by nearly 17 percent last year. As of the end of 2016, ...

Gifting picture books can be great idea

Great books with no or few words and beautiful illustrations are fantastic for building vocabulary, love of books, writing, and drawing skills. This is not too much praise especially if they are Caldecott Award winners for illustrations. The 2017 Caldecott Medal winner is ”Radiant Child: The ...

Book purchase underscores National Reading Month

MARQUETTE — Students at Graveraet Elementary School in Marquette brought a childhood classic to life in celebration of National Reading Month in March With a donation of $1,000 from the Rotary Club of Marquette, school officials purchased copies of “The BFG,” (short for Big Friendly ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Create table top bubbles using STEAM

When it’s too cold or rainy outside to make bubbles, there’s a way to make them inside without a mess and use STEAM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Families can help young children develop minds that ask questions, investigate, make predictions, and solve ...

Learning the ‘birds and the bees’ — literally

BIG BAY — Some people love their lush, weed-free, expansive lawns. Then there’s “Mother Nature” herself, educator Margaret Gerhard of Fence, Wisconsin. To her, messy is better. “I’m really nervous about the birds and the bees, and so my aim is to educate people about what’s ...

Playing cars with geography and econ

Any play time is learning time for young children. Here are days, maybe weeks, of fun ideas to include geography and economics while playing with cars and trucks. You’ll need a relatively smooth rug that small cars can easily travel over, boots and shoes, pans, paper, and tape to turn the ...

Black colleges push for financial support

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK Associated Press WASHINGTON — Presidents from a majority of the country's historically black colleges and universities are in Washington this week, calling for $25 billion in the upcoming budget to help address priorities including infrastructure, college readiness ...

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. ...