Wednesday: Learning

Grandparents Teach, too

Every spring bags of plastic colorful eggs appear in stores. They are inexpensive and appeal to kids of all ages. Here are some springtime fun activities with the eggs which encourage discovery and learning. You will need about a dozen plastic assorted color eggs which come apart in the ...

Poster prowess

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Marquette residents are connected to Lake Superior in many ways, but it should be remembered southern Upper Peninsula residents have their own Great Lake near and dear to their hearts: Lake Michigan. However, at least two local ...

Traveling solo with grandkids, part 2

Sandi Poindexter, grandparent and worldwide traveler has more suggestions for traveling solo with a grandchild based on research and personal experience in part two. She suggests to set expectations, reinforced by parents. Beside the basics of where, when, and how, there are the creature ...

Robot offers deeper dive into Lake Erie research

MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An underwater robot will be roaming Presque Isle Bay to collect water quality data beginning this spring. The robot doesn't look impressive. It looks like the plumbing under your sink. Built largely of PVC pipe, it cost less than $100 to make. But looks aren’t ...

Big U-turn: Key melting Greenland glacier is growing again

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major Greenland glacier that was one of the fastest shrinking ice and snow masses on Earth is growing again, a new NASA study finds. The Jakobshavn (YA-cob-shawv-en) glacier around 2012 was retreating about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) and thinning nearly 130 feet (almost 40 ...

Solo travel with grandkids can be fun

Sandi Poindexter, grandparent and worldwide traveler has some suggestions for traveling solo with a grandchild in this two part series. Understanding your motivations and asking some basic questions at the front-end helps increase trip rewards and make it enriching and enjoyable, according to ...

Documentaries and the digital world

MARQUETTE — There might be Oscar-winning documentarians beginning their careers at Negaunee High School. Negaunee Public Schools has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the SET SEG Foundation in partnership with the Michigan Association of School Boards. Specifically, the 2019 Education ...

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 ...