Category Archives: Educator Resources

Popping in Kindergarten

By KellyAnn Bonnell, MA It’s always a challenge to incorporate pop culture in meaningful ways in the Kindergarten and First Grade Classroom. The shows young kids identify with can lead to a whole host of behavior problems that can be … Continue reading

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Kidscreen: Kids have a non-fiction addiction. Now what?

After discovering just how much kids are drawn to non-fiction digital content, research firm Insight Kids shows how marketers and content creators can get in on the action. By Sarah Chumsky October 25, 2016 5,127,666,603. Lose track among the digits? … Continue reading

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Preparing for All Hallow’s Read!

This year Halloween is on a Monday. This means we need to find appropriate ways of allowing our classroom communities to engage in festivities that are age appropriate and sensitive to the needs of the community. A family literacy night on … Continue reading

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Creating a STEAM integrated Environment

  What does STEAM integration actually look like? Well, an example would be a science class studying Darwin who takes time to explore  Darwin’s sketches.  When Darwin was studying birds on the Galapagos Islands, he sketched them. Today Darwin’s Finches … Continue reading

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The String Maze for Critical Thinking

There is something elegant about string mazes. Boys in 4th-6th grade really love the challenge. This summer we used a string maze as a daily challenge for our Super Hero Summer Camp. Now many staff do not like string mazes. … Continue reading

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New Training Topics

by KellyAnn Bonnell, MA   We are pleased to announce new training topics for the 2016-17 Academic Year tailored specifically to foster healthy positive youth development. Start the year out with the skills and tools necessary to building lasting relationships … Continue reading

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Get to Know Your Universe with :01(First Second)

by KellyAnn Bonnell Our friends at First Second publishing sent over a couple new books for us to look over and I have to say they are pretty cool. I’d like to introduce you to to Science Comics.    These … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Case Study

Recently I stumbled on to a podcast that combines movies with psychological traits. This is the kind of information that can be really valuable when an educator is looking to ingrate popular culture into an existing theme. I hope you … Continue reading

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WHY READING COMICS MAKES YOU SMARTER

Our youth contributor Lorna Bonnell brought this article from Geek and Sundry to our attention to share. Thanks Lorna! Evidence and research is stacking up to prove that comic books make their readers smarter. Comics make you want to read, and … Continue reading

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Student Art Show

 Origin Stories: Future Artists  is a celebration of student art inspired by popular culture from graphic novels to movies, music to television. Art may be of any static media including but not limited to drawing/illustration; painting; sculpture; and mixed media. … Continue reading

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