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Repellent for.....Teens?

Today I stumbled across an article entitled High-Pitched Device Serves as Teen Repellent. Prior to reading the article, I honestly thought that it was either a) cleverly titled to attract attention but not exactly about repelling teens or b) an article about a device with some other role that teens- for some reason- don't care for. I was wrong on both counts.

21st Century Skills

As a teacher, parent or business owner, are you familiar with the phrase 21st century skills? 21st century skills refers to the key elements of learning and the thinking skills that are and will be needed for students to compete in a global and technological 21st century work place.

On the surface, this may seem like a simple concept- if students need X set of skills, then you do Y & Z to teach them, right? It's not that simple.

Kids + Technology = ?

In the past week, there has been a lot in the news regarding kids, particularly teens, and social media. If the sensational story about 8 teens in Florida was the first that you had heard of teens videotaping their own violent acts or fights, I hate to tell you that it is (unfortunately) more pervasive than you think.

Month of the Young Child, Part II

In last week's blog, I told you a little about Rochester observing April as the Month of the Young Child. While New York Association for the Education of the Young Child (NYAEYC) observes April 13-19 as the Week of the Young Child, the Rochester chapter chooses to observe the entire month. This is not only great for children in the Rochester area, but for their parents and families as well.

Month of the Young Child

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) first established the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) in 1971 recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life.

Each April, child advocates celebrate the Month of the Young Child. This is a time when communities and individuals recognize the needs and
rights of young children and their families.

National Nutrition Month

Food and nutrition certainly seem to be in every headline that you see anymore and since March is National Nutrition Month, I thought I would share some resources and ideas for helping picky eaters try new (and hopefully healthy or healthier) foods.

Here are 3 of my favorite resources/ideas that just might help your picky eater turn into an eating explorer:

5,800 Pennies for Thought

If you happen to feel that the penny is not a very useful coin, a group of 29 students at Readington Middle School in New Jersey would certainly beg to differ with you. The article entitled Students Punished After Buying Lunch With Pennies intrigued me, so I decided to give it a read. The best way state my feelings upon finishing the article is "I have thoughts."

"Stunningly Ignorant"

Have you ever read something that just stuns the living daylights out of you? This morning, during my normal news perusal, I ran across an article titled What High Schoolers Don't Know by Bonnie Goldstein. After reading the article, I was just completely flabbergasted. I would even go as far to say that I was at a loss for words- which for me, is a major accomplishment. If there is nothing else you read today, I urge you to read the study on which this blog and referenced articles are based.

P.S. Save the Whales

I recently received a letter from my cousin's daughter, Kyla. Kyla's letter was on purple lined paper, written in her best cursive (which is way better than most adults that I know), and was dotted with glittery stickers, hearts and other various designs that are the passion of third grade girls. At the bottom of the note, amidst the decorations was a post script: Save the Whales.

Think Outside the Book

After last week's blog about the Captain Underpants Name-Change-O-Chart 2000, I had some interesting comments from my friends that read my blog. In response to my comment about the Captain Underpants series not always being a big hit with teachers, librarians and parents alike, my friend Kristin commented that her stepson's teacher had recently recommended that he cut back on the Dav Pilkey books and expand his reading repertoire a bit. Easier said than done, in my opinion.

Think about it: as a kid, how might you hear about new books or authors?