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Summer Vacation Activities

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day!  This is the last stretch of the school year – summer is almost here!  As summer vacation nears, many parents wonder, “How do I keep the kids busy this summer?”  Some parents already have vacations and summer camps planned.  Unfortunately, for many, the answer is watching television, … Continue reading

Those That Understand

I hate the saying “those who can’t do, teach.”  It’s a harmful and inaccurate portrayal of teachers.  Instead, let’s encourage the educators of our nation’s children! “Those who know, do.  Those that understand, teach.” – Aristotle If I had to guess, I’d say Aristotle said this long before the aforementioned “maxim” was ever said. 🙂

Memorial Day

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we remember all those who have fallen before us.  This is a day of remembrance and celebration.  I think it’s important that kids understand why they are getting a day off.  These ideas offer different ways to celebrate Memorial Day in the elementary school classroom: Compose poetry – students can … Continue reading

Incorporating Physical Activity In the Classroom

Yesterday, I read an article in the Huffington Post about physical education in America.  More accurately, I should say an article about the lack of physical education in America (you can read the article here: Report: Nation’s Kids Need To Get More Physical).  The Institute of Medicine released a report detailing how schools are increasingly eliminating PE and … Continue reading

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