HAPPY BIRTHDAY GALILEO, THE FATHER OF MODERN SCIENCE!

Galileo  Happy  454th Birthday!    I had such fun writing the Ben Franklin birthday blog, I thought I’d write about another scientist. I stumbled upon Galileo’s name in a novel I was reading, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, in which two characters briefly discuss one of Galileo’s discoveries. “What I recall about this Galileo […]

Retrieval Practice

Practice is Practice, Right?

Part 2: What’s the difference between distributed practice and retrieval practice? Like distributed practice, retrieval practice is a strategy. It involves getting students to remember (retrieve) what they’ve learned. Putting forth some effort and really thinking about a concept reinforces it and makes it easier to retrieve in the future. Think about the kinds of […]

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Practice is Practice, Right?

Part 1: Distributed Practice Practice is Practice, Right? Not really. There are so many kinds of practice—massed practice, distributed practice, retrieval practice, and interleaved practice, to name a few. And, each corresponds to a specific educational goal. Let’s sort them out. Let’s start with distributed practice, also known as spaced learning, and sometimes, spiraling. It’s […]

Open House

  Open House: Nothing can bring such a mix of emotions to a teacher as those words… well, except conferences, but that will be the subject of a later blog post…  As a teacher, Open House is so important.  You have a short amount of time to accomplish a number of goals, all while looking […]

Fidget Spinners

Fidget Spinners and Math Practice

Spinning into Math Facts! Fidget Spinners- the new fad that had both teachers going dizzy over the classroom annoyance.   The principal at the local STEM school posted his frustration about them on his personal Social Media page: “Word of warning to parents buying spinners for ‘concentration’, the spinner’s days are NUMBERED. I hope they run […]

Simple Solutions Open House!

We opened our doors to give friends and family a behind-the-scenes look at Simple Solutions, and it was a blast! Since moving into our new building in late February, the Simple Solutions team has grown to love our new offices, print shop, and warehouse spaces. When you love something as much as we love our […]

Summer Solutions Rocks!

Did you find one of our rocks?! The Summer Solutions team is hiding rocks all over Northeast Ohio to remind everyone that summer learning can be found everywhere! If you find a rock: Take a picture of the rock! Post it to social media using the hashtag #SSRocks and/or post it in the comments on […]

Earth Day 2017: Science Activity

Earth Day  Earth Day 2017 is April 22. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about protecting Earth’s environment. Children are more aware than ever of how important it is to keep Earth healthy. This is because many communities are actively engaged in programs that raise awareness. This Earth Day activity will define environment […]

Sweepstakes Rules and Conditions

Summer Solutions Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Sweepstakes Rules and Conditions NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.  ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  THE GIVEAWAY IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Eligibility: Summer Solutions Amazon Gift Card (the “Giveaway”) is open to legal residents […]