Appreciating Teachers Every Day

While we value and support teachers every day of the year, during Teacher Appreciation Week we extend a special “thank you” to all teachers who work every day to educate and enrich students’ lives and futures.  We hope you appreciate yourselves every day, but this week you might want to treat yourself to that mocha latte or to take more time for exercising or curling up with a favorite book, preferably both!  Continue reading

Discover Poetry Everywhere

Poetry can be found wherever we are fully present, but April — Poetry Month — is a good time to share the video segments available from the PBS Poetry Everywhere series.   I just had to pull myself away from selections by Lucille Clifton, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson (and a poet new to me whom I hope to share with you on Mother’s Day).   These segments allow you and students to feel the power of language, see the world’s wonder, and build reading and writing skills.  Continue reading

Literacy Resources for Vocabulary & Works of Notable Authors

PBS LearningMedia offers resources to strengthen the literacy skills of students from kindergarten through high school.  A nationally popular vocabulary/reading program from the beloved PBS KIDS program Martha Speaks, sport-themed words from The Electric Company, and videos/images for The Catcher in the Rye are all designed to engage students and enhance curricula. Continue reading

World Premiere of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America + Classroom Resources on Architecture & Design

indexWGBY invites you to the world premiere of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, an in-depth study of the architect’s complex life and accomplishments this Sunday, 13 April, from 4 – 6 pm at The Academy of Music, Northampton.  In addition to major contributions to the American landscape, such as co-designing Central Park, heading the first Yosemite commission, and designing the U.S. Capitol Grounds, Olmstead designed Smith, Mt. Holyoke, UMass and Amherst, and his firm created parks in Springfield and Holyoke MA.  (Who remembers Riverside Park?) Continue reading

Your Inner Fish Premiere With Accompanying Lesson Plan

On Monday we shared THINK WEDNESDAY’S on WGBY.  This Wednesday, April 9, Your Inner Fish explores how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen in our own DNA. This cutting-edge scientific adventure reveals the startling truth that hidden within the human body is a story of life on Earth and the legacy of animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago.  To bring these discoveries alive in the classroom, PBS LearningMedia provides a lesson guide for grades 6-12 on Your Inner Fish, which includes National Standards. Continue reading

New PBS LearningMedia Math Content from Khan Academy

indexAs we posted last month, the new PBS LearningMedia Math is AweSum! Collection was launched on Pi Day, providing robust math resources for teachers.   In addition (pun intended:) hundreds of math resources from the widely popular Khan Academy are now available in PBS LearningMedia are now available as well.  Continue reading

Unlocking The Human Spark

indexWhat makes us uniquely human? In the three-part series The Human Spark, originally broadcast on PBS in January 2010, Alan Alda visits with dozens of scientists on three continents and participates directly in many experiments – including the detailed examination of his own brain. Through PBS LearningMedia’s The Human Spark collection of lesson plans and video resources for grades 5-12, students join Alda in searching for the answers to many of our most age-old questions.  Continue reading

Strike a Chord for Music in Education

pic03Schools promote sports and gymnastics in part to promote students’ physical well-being.  Music in the curriculum is likewise necessary to promote mental well-being. This week, PBS LearningMedia wraps up it’s month-long focus on STEAM content and gets an “A” for its music-inspired resources that support arts into the curriculum.

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Still Time to Enroll in PBS TeacherLine Spring Courses

TL Spring 14 CoursesWhile 15, 30, or 45-hour PBS TeacherLine spring courses began on March 26, you still have until March 28 to enroll.  Among the many advantages of these preK-12 online courses is that they fit into your full schedule with anytime, anywhere learning, and many of them offer PDPs or CEUs.  You can also explore new PBS TeacherLine professional development courses that help you build your digital classroom.

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