Free Webinar Tonight: Teach Weather & Climate with Digital Media

ttv10_vid_currents_l-resize-710x399You have time to register for tonight’s webinar for grade K-12 educatorsTeach Weather and Climate with Digital Media is about empowering students to make sense of complex topics and to engage with phenomena in ways that otherwise would be too difficult.

The free, interactive presentation shares Continue reading

Sesame Street FREE Online Math Course for Early Childhood Educators

As sung by these endearing Sesame Street muppets, “Math is everywhere.”  To make math accessible from an early age, Sesame Street invites all early childhood educators — whether working in a classroom, center-based program, or family child-care setting — to join a free online course, Make Believe with Math. 

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PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Nights — Starting Tonight!

If this teaser from Odd Squad:  The Movie makes you smile, then you’ll want to tune in to WGBY’s Kids channel tonight — for the start of our Friday night family movies or themed programming from 7:00-9:00pm.

Produced by The Fred Rogers Co., Odd Squad is on a mission to save the day using math. 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

Happy Soon-to-Be Birthday, Theodore Giesel

“I’m not just a kids’ writer, I’m a people writer.”  Theodore Giesel, after winning Pulitzer

Born in Springfield on March 2, 1904, Theodore Giesel is our native son, but he belongs to the world — of adults as well as children.  I’ve known another of his quotations, “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened,” to bring solace to those grieving.

For those of you who live and work with kids, PBS provides plenty to celebrate Continue reading

Webinar Tomorrow: Creating a Culture of Perseverance in Math Classrooms

kg16-vid-boydclassroom-resize-710x399Perseverance (aka grit) has been the focus of much discussion on what it takes for students — and teachers — to succeed.  On January 26, 2017 at 7:00p.m. Keep Going! Create a Culture of Perseverance in Math Classrooms offers an interactive discussion and demonstration of new professional development resources supporting the Problem Solving and Perseverance standard from the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

If you’re unable to joint the webinar, registering will allow you Continue reading

Emperor Science Award Applications for Cancer Research Open to 10th & 11th Graders

The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science — specifically cancer research and care — through a unique mentoring opportunity.  First announced in spring 2015 at Columbia University by Katie Couric, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) co-founder, the program is connected to Ken Burns CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a three-part film that aired on PBS.

This short video details Emperor Science Award recipient, Lauren Beatty, one of 100 high school students to receive the honor in last year. Yesterday, PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer launched the call for 2017 applications for the Emperor Science Award program from January 10 through March 17, 2017, 11:59 pm ET.

10th and 11th graders with a strong interest in science will be selected to work on a cancer research project with a mentoring scientist.  In addition, these students will Continue reading

The Magic of LEGOs for Learning Mathematics & More

Gwen Ifill, who we recently lost, narrates this story of middle-schooler Shubham Banerjee.  The student asked a simple question — how do blind people read? — and was inspired  and transformed into a tech entrepreneur through his use of the famous LEGO blocks.

We know that playing with these bricks can capture children’s imaginations, leading to some pretty spectacular and often original designs.  (My grown son still wants me to keep his collection LEGO pieces:) So are we surprised when Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, writes in Scholastic that LEGOs are her “favorite possibility-packed math manipulative”?  The article’s pictures illustrate how multi-sized LEGO pieces can add up to Continue reading