Wednesday: Learning

Husband, wife share love of classroom teaching

BRYAN, Texas — For more than 20 years, the husband and wife teaching duo of LaNette and David Godfrey have taken teaching seriously by instructing in an anything but serious way. The Eagle reports when you enter David Godfrey’s art classroom, you’re entering a “land of rainbows and ...

Science and economics in kids’ gardens

Life is about choices and human decision-making. Science is discovery and learning how things work. Young children can learn about both through gardening. When children garden a little patch of soil or container no matter how small, they need to make choices. When they read about possible ...

Bothwell band director wins award

MARQUETTE — Not all middle schools have a full-time band director, but Bothwell Middle School has one, and an award-winning one at that. Emily Morgan-Booth, who is finishing up her fourth year at Bothwell, recently won a district Teacher of the Year award, chosen by her peers, from the ...

D-Day’s 75th anniversary renews interest in some classrooms

CARY, N.C. — Kasey Turcol has just 75 minutes to explain to her high school students the importance of D-Day — and if this wasn’t the 75th anniversary of the turning point in World War II, she wouldn’t devote that much time to it. D-Day is not part of the required curriculum in North ...

Using weather apps and forecasts with kids

Weather observation helps children be alert for changes in their environment and their need to prepare. Sometimes we underestimate what we can teach young children. Checking the weather forecast every day on media, plus learning weather clues for their own forecast are good ways to nurture ...

After 36 years, a girl is the middle school math champ

PITTSBURGH — Ask Vivian Loh a simple question, like her age, and you may not get a simple answer. “4,687 days,” the Squirrel Hill resident answers softly and without hesitation, sitting in an office at the Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside. She calculated her age in days a ...

Digital determination

MARQUETTE — What’s special about art is that it can be whatever the artist wants, such as an autumn landscape in oil, a portrait in pencil or — in the case of Gwinn High School senior Emma Locknane — “A Very Determined Medic” with green pupils and sharp teeth. Locknane is the ...

Teaching kids body concepts can be fun

Preschool games teach children important ideas about themselves and how to get on in the world. Remember “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”? How about “Simon Says”? These activities help children identify body parts. Children are very interested in their bodies, butbody parts can be ...

From the Far East to the Far North

MARQUETTE — Tokyo and the Upper Peninsula are vastly different in many ways. First, Japan’s on the other side of the planet. Second, there’s the language barrier. Even with all the geographical and cultural differences, Japanese and Yoopers still have a lot in common — even kids. ...

Helping children make healthy choices

Meal and snack times provide a time to encourage healthy habits and conversation. When wise snacking is added to three nutritious meals a day, adults can achieve the total recommended daily guidelines for healthy American children. Grazing Over 27 percent of American children’s daily ...

A ‘little’ literacy

MARQUETTE — What kid wouldn’t be intrigued by a “Creepy Pair of Underwear?” or “President Squid”? The mind behind those children’s books, Chicago author Aaron Reynolds, was in town this week for the annual Marquette-Alger Young Authors Conference, which was to include ...

DeVos: Teachers should protest on ‘adult time’

BALTIMORE — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that teachers are walking off the job too often and that protests about pay and school conditions should be done on “adult time” so students aren’t hurt. DeVos made the comments in Baltimore while speaking at a conference for ...

Learning about the past helps link families

Family gatherings provide perfect opportunities to tell stories about parents and grandparents growing up. Storytelling is the first exposure to history and the stories of people they love. Most important, if family stories are passed on, they are not lost. Preparing One generation passes on ...

Students learning how to raise food in water

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The greenhouse at R-5 High School is humming with life and noise. Huge fish tanks containing hundreds of baby tilapia bubble and churn as water circulates. Pumps murmur as they move the fish water into bacterial converters, where microorganisms change the ammonia- ...

‘Positive in, positive out’

ISHPEMING — Oh, those middle school years, the in-between time when most students haven’t quite reached full emotional maturity. Not only are many youngsters not mature enough to keep from mistreating their peers, they don’t always have the emotional skills to handle that behavior ...

Create inspirational paper glass Chihuly art

Whenever it is too a cold and too wet to play outside, or children are sick, grandparents can take out a few art supplies and try a new easy craft. It’s always good to be prepared. This craft is based on the famous contemporary glass lamps and sculptures of Dale Chihuly found in beautiful ...

Report: Wisconsin higher ed funding drops amid national hike

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is among the states with the largest decline in higher education spending per student between 2013 and 2018, according to a new report. The analysis by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association shows that Wisconsin’s higher education funding ...

Campus conversations

MARQUETTE — The First Amendment and how it’s being applied in some cases on university campuses is being called into question. Greg Lukianoff, author and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, presented “The Threat to Free Speech on Campus and What do Do About It” ...

Rural teachers seek creative ways to boost STEM education

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Sophie Chambers was learning just how far behind her school was falling. Chambers, a teacher in the Chillicothe school district, had attended several state and national conferences and had seen what was possible. She said the science curriculum at her school is very ...

Flower garden in a day is very possible

Sometimes a springtime atmosphere needs a little nudge. Here is an easy table decoration activity for springtime family gatherings that gets the flowers inside and brightens the house. Why do these little extra activities? New studies report adults are talking with children only a total ...