Education’s Role In Nurturing Children In Finland

Over the past several years, the United States' PISA and standardized test scores have been falling behind the scores of other countries. However, one of the countries that has unexpectedly seen an increase in scores is Finland. What is their secret? The reason why Finland's education has improved so greatly is because they have changed their … Continue reading Education’s Role In Nurturing Children In Finland

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Temba Dawn- A Cautionary Note For Teachers and Parents About This Children’s Novel

Introduction Temba Dawn by Alec Lea is a coming of age story about a farmer boy who is given a cow calf on his birthday. He takes care of the calf, which he names Temba Dawn, and through raising Temba, he learns to be responsible and has all kinds of wonderful experiences. However, just as … Continue reading Temba Dawn- A Cautionary Note For Teachers and Parents About This Children’s Novel

Why Filling In Bubbles And Scantrons May Be Better- Problems With The PARCC Exam

The opening quote of Kristen Swanson’s article “Everything You Need To Know About Common Core Testing” is all too familiar: “When in doubt, just pick B.” Admit it. You are just as guilty as everyone else when it comes to using this strategy. However, this offense is forgivable because standardized tests are anxiety-producing. Although the newer exams being implemented … Continue reading Why Filling In Bubbles And Scantrons May Be Better- Problems With The PARCC Exam

Air Born- an ekphrastic poem about the painting Airborne by Fran Forman

My flight holds the world, the stars. I hold infinite knowledge, clasped In my small, pale hands: An Armillary sphere that spins on its Axis as we drift across the small sky, Over material plains (grasslands, lakes, mountains). Our knowledge (time, space, meridians, zeniths) Falls down, too great for those below who cannot withstand the … Continue reading Air Born- an ekphrastic poem about the painting Airborne by Fran Forman

Two Wonderful Chapter Books That Celebrate The Changing Of Seasons (Grades 4–7)

When I think of seasonal books, the first thing that comes to mind are picture books with illustrations of falling leaves or landscapes covered in snow. While these books are wonderful for young children, they may be too simplistic for older students. Another problem with these books is that they usually only focus on only … Continue reading Two Wonderful Chapter Books That Celebrate The Changing Of Seasons (Grades 4–7)