Autism Awareness

As we mark Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, you’ll find awesome resources from PBS to engage children across the autism spectrum.

Sesame Street And Autism:  See Amazing in All Children recently announced its expanded commitment to the autism community with all-new educational resources that will culminate in a special episode of Sesame Street that welcomes Julia, our new Muppet friend with autism, to the famed neighborhood.  The “Meet Julia” episode Continue reading

Teaching Character

Whatever grade or subject matter, we teach character not only by curriculum but by the relationships we cultivate with and between students.  If we’re impatient and authoritative, students can be intimidated or rebellious.  When we’re kind and flexible, they can grow individually and together.

Of course, the content of their studies contributes to the content of their characters, Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers — We Love You, too!

“I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.”  Fred Rogers

Yesterday was Mr. Roger’s birthday.  In this song, he does what he does so well — spreads the importance of being loved and cherished.  (You might want to play this video for children in or out of the classroom on their birthdays or non-birthdays:)

You’ll find many hundred of resources Continue reading

Cyberchase Step It Up! for 4 Springfield Schools & Resources for All Grades 2-5

As this clip shows, Cyberchase teaches kids to use their heads when it comes to taking care of their bodies. (Watch more Cyberchase and you’ll see how mathematics fits into the equation:)

Math meets movement in Springfield this month as WGBY leads local students in the Cyberchase Step It Up! program.  Because our bodies and minds are interconnected, we’re grateful to  Continue reading

She came as an orphan . . . Stories & Much More for Black History Month

This excerpt from The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross tells the story of Priscilla, a young girl purchased by a rice planter at a South Carolina slave auction. Searching for resources to bring black history alive this February (or any month), I discovered this video clip in 50 Resources for Black History Month, shared by PBS station KQED in San Francisco.  Thank you, KQED!

Among these varied resources for teaching and learning about African Americans  Continue reading

Thomas & Friends For the Holidays and Year Round, Including Resources for the ASD Classroom

PBS KIDS has discovered that among Thomas & Friends many fans, children on the autistic spectrum love this program from Great Britain, which had its first broadcast in 1984.  (We’ve posted how an autistic child in our region has been helped by Thomas resources in school. Just search Thomas & Friends here on our homepage.)

Over this holiday season, WGBY is airing seasonal episodes of Thomas & Friends, including these 5 new ones beginning on December 12.   In addition to Thomas & Friends classroom resources from Thomas episodes, you’ll find a wide range of tips and activities for incorporating Thomas into an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) classroom at Continue reading

Shakespeare Lives in Two Great Performances — 400 Years after his Death

On Sunday, December 11, at 9:00pm, WGBY premieres The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, which continues the epic saga begun with the BAFTA winning 2013 Great Performances of The Hollow Crown.  Airing to great acclaim on the BBC this past May, one reviewer observed, “What [Director Dominic] Cooke captures is the scope, the daring and the savage headlong rush of the poet’s imagination. . .”

Amid this cast of acclaimed actors assembled for Great Performances: Shakespeare Live! from The Royal Shakespeare Company, Prince Charles makes his entrance in his official capacity as RSC President.  To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 2016, The Royal Shakespeare Company hosted a glittering jubilee party that WGBY will premiere on Friday, December 23, at 9:00pm.

Shakespeare Live! will celebrate the international legacy of Shakespeare in all the performing arts — Continue reading

Virtual Field Trip Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor + More

While a field trip to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans may not be in your lesson plans for next week, you can take students on a virtual field trip there with a special streaming event that allows them to explore museum artifacts related to the attack and hear witnesses recall the raid they experienced as children.

Live on December 7, 2016 at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm, WYES-TV/New Orleans commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by hosting this virtual field trip recommended for grade 5-8 students.

You’ll also find many resources on this pivotal day in history at PBS LearningMedia, where a search of  Continue reading

10% of College Graduates Believe Judge Judy To Be A Supreme Court Justice

An educated electorate is critical to democracy’s health.  A New York Times article, Teaching Students That Judge Judy Is Not a Supreme Court Justice, reports that one of the most powerful judges in the Eastern United States, Robert A. Katzmann, chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, co-chairs a program that involves the entire circuit in assuming the role of “an engaged and approachable teacher.”

In the article he’s quoted as saying “Something like 70 percent of Americans can’t identify the Constitution as the supreme law of the land [and] ten percent of college graduates think that Judge Judy is a Supreme Court justice.”  The far-reaching program he helps to head — Justice for All:  Courts and the Community —  gives students opportunities to learn about basic legal practices and research, explore legal libraries, and even lunch with justices.  In addition, it edits high school law class curricula.

To assure students you teach know the basics about our courts and the law, you’ll find resources for everything from Continue reading

The Obstacles That Remain — Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

The statement “Black Lives Matter” has been offensive to some who fear it excludes the lives of others.  At the end of this video clip, Cornell West, Professor of Philosophy, explains the term’s intent to include the lives of Black Americans.  WGBY airs Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise on Tuesdays, November 15 & 22, at 8pm.  In this new documentary Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of black history — from Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, James Brown to Beyoncé — charting the progress made and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain.

Footage from programs such as this along with support materials can help teachers engage students in challenging subjects such as race.  At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find classroom resources that help to address Continue reading