Educational Video Games Mix Cool With Purpose

One of KC Phillips’s favorite video games is the Xbox shoot-’em-up Halo, because, he says, his dad taught him how to play it when he was younger. Now 15 and a high school sophomore in Madison, Wis., KC views the game with a more discerning eye. Last year, he played Gamestar Mechanic, an educational video […]

Publisher Enters New Chapter in Textbooks

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt plans to unveil the biggest deal in its history: a $40 million, multiyear contract with Detroit public schools. But this is not the typical agreement to sell a textbook to every student. Instead, Houghton will be providing a computer-based teaching system it developed with Microsoft Corp. that will connect teachers, students, and […]

Chicago School Supply Advocating for the Teacher Tax Deduction

For many years Chicago School Supply (through its affiliation with the National School Supply and Equipment Association) has been championing the Teacher Tax Deduction, a provision in the tax code that allows elementary and secondary school teachers (including counselors, principals, and aides) the opportunity to take a tax deduction of up to $250 annually on their federal […]

Free Lesson Plan The Story of Kwanzaa

The Story of Kwanzaa Social Studies Grade 5- 8 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Students will learn about the history and traditions of Kwanzaa. Directions Background Information Kwanzaa (pronounced Kwahn-zaah) is a relatively new holiday, begun in 1966 by an African American named Maulana Ron Karenga, a professor of Black Studies at the California State University […]

Yoga for Youth

Yoga for Youth Stretching out keeps students from stressing out By Aleene Jinn George Girls at University Liggett Middle School in Grosse Pointe Woods practice yoga to manage stress while building mental and physical fitness. Photograph by Cybelle CodishTraditional phys ed is taking an unusual twist — make that stretch — at University Liggett School […]

SCIENCE FAIR BUFFET: AN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Research on Experiential Learning Instructional Techniques • Experiential learning can be defined as “learning by doing” and is used to refer to several different aspects of learning.  • The theoretical underpinnings of experiential learning purport that without reflecting upon an experience, it may quickly be forgotten or its learning potential lost.  • Further, if it is intended that […]

Free Lesson Plan Hanukkah

Hanukkah Social Studies, Art, Mediums, Techniques Grade 1- 3 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Students will learn about the history of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Directions Background Information The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, or Chanukah, is also called the Festival of Lights. It lasts for eight days and usually occurs in December, although in some […]

U.S. Education Secretary Seeks Public Input and Experts’ Views on Race to the Top Assessment Program Competition

Education Secretary Duncan is seeking ideas to inform the design of his Race to the Top Assessment Program Competition for states that are working jointly to develop and implement common high-quality assessments that are aligned to a common set of K-12 internationally bench-marked standards and are built toward career and college readiness upon high school […]