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Celebrating the 100th day of school!

Anne Sparkman January 30th, 2014

It's about that time of year when schools everywhere are reaching or have just reached the 100th day of the school year. January and February can be tough months;...

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Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Anne Sparkman January 16th, 2014

I believe it may be impossible to NOT be inspired by the words and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. Next week is a moment that we, as a nation, take a moment to look...

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Developing the ability to make useful products from creative ideas

Anne Sparkman January 13th, 2014

Jessica Lahey has a nice piece today on furthering the argument to include art and design into STEM. The idea behind this is not to leave the science behind to allow arts...

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For the love of print and ereading

Anne Sparkman January 8th, 2014

In case you missed it last week because of the holidays, The New York Times had this great piece in their Bookends section about ereading. Two writers, Moshin Hamid and...

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Arts education produces innovative students with critical thinking skills

Anne Sparkman November 27th, 2013

An article that claims arts education is a "must-have" is a must-read for me.

A moment to reflect and resources for the classroom on Veterans Day

Anne Sparkman November 11th, 2013

Happy Veterans Day to all of our men and women who have served over the years. Thank you for all that you do for us.

From STEM to STEAM and how it is working

Anne Sparkman October 22nd, 2013

Touching on how the inclusion of the arts expands the reach of teaching to more students, I found this an interesting read. Reading about students who have teachers who...

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Teachers tell us they are enthusiastic about the Common Core but see the challenges

Anne Sparkman October 4th, 2013

Twenty thousand public school teachers were surveyed as part of the Primary Sources series of reports and today, their viewpoints on the Common Core are available. 

How to fall in love with math

Anne Sparkman September 16th, 2013

A great read from University of Maryland mathematics professor Manil Suri.  The piece shows brilliance and beauty in math beyond arithmetic drills.

Encouraging young, creative teens in art and writing

Anne Sparkman September 16th, 2013

More than 90 years ago, only three short years after founding Scholastic, M. R.