World Food Day ~ October 16, 2018

Food.  It’s something that many of us take for granted. Most of us are fortunate enough to eat two to three meals a day. If we skip a meal, it’s usually because we are too busy, and not because we don’t have access to food. But, that is not the case for all. In fact, […]

Harry Potter Takes Broadway, and Your Classroom, by Storm

We wrote about Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans1 which included such culinary delights as vomit, rotten egg, soap, and booger in Level 2 of our Reading Comprehension  series. No surprise that the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway has led Jelly Belly to re-release this popular treat which, for the faint of […]

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Instill the Love of Reading with Goodreads and Biblionasium

Here’s a way to encourage your students to read more. We know that a love of reading does not come naturally for some children. As teachers, we need to find a way to light that spark. Goodreads or Biblionasium may help you kindle that fire. Goodreads and Biblionasium are social media platforms designed around books. […]

Things to Do (and Not to Do) on the First Day of School

Although it has been a while, I can vividly remember my very first day as a teacher. I was assigned to a class of 21 first graders who may have been as nervous as I was that September morning. I remember looking out into their forgiving faces, as I tried to check off items on […]

Woof! Woof! The Dog Days of Summer are Here!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac tells us the “dog days” begin around July 3 and end August 11 this year. The “dog” they refer to is the dog star, Sirius, the brightest star in the sky after the sun.  The ancient Greeks thought the star Sirius looked like the nose of the dog in the constellation […]

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As my profile states, I am a Cleveland Indians fan. Inhabitants of Northeast Ohio understand what that means. You see, we have witnessed a lot of exciting baseball in our town, and we have come REALLY close to winning it ALL. But it’s been 70 years since we’ve won a World Series. My 88-year-old mother […]

Joseph Dalton Hooker: Botanist for the Ages

I write a blog every month about a scientist worth knowing. For June’s scientist, I have chosen a rather obscure botanist (obscure by American standards), Joseph Dalton Hooker. He meets my criterion of being born in June—June 30, 1817—to be precise. And, a happy coincidence, the first full week in June is National Garden Week. […]

School’s Out—Reading’s In

For some, the countdown is over, and for others it is nearing the end. It’s time for summer reading! A wonderful source for reading ideas is your local library. I can’t imagine a public library without a summer reading program, so check out the one nearest you. Your library website may have suggestions for books […]

Gratitude: Thank You Notes

On a recent episode of ABC’s “The Middle” Frankie finds a bag of unfinished and long overdue thank you notes under her son, Axl’s, bed. Horrified by her discovery, she issues her ultimatum. As long as he is living in her house, he is to finish the notes! Yes, it’s comedy, but in the end, […]

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It’s Derby Day!

It’s known as “The Run for the Roses” and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” In 2018, the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby falls on May 5. Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, will see a field of the finest Thoroughbred horses in the world compete for the first jewel in the Triple Crown. […]