Thanks for Thanksgiving

Thanks for Thanksgiving is a great book about that teaches children about gratitude.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books. What you need to know: • Thanks for Thanksgiving shares a range of sweet and lovely messages of gratitude. • The last page is designated for readers to write down their own list of thankful thoughts. • Colorful…

Five Things to Know About the $250 Tax Break That Teachers Could Lose

By Liana Loewus for edweek.com When it comes time to do their taxes, millions of educators have had the satisfaction of checking a box that saves them some money, and isn’t available to people in other professions. The tax bill proposed by House Republicans would eliminate the $250 deduction teachers can claim for classroom supplies—and educators aren’t taking to it kindly. We…

Ask Dr. Blank: What would the ideal learning environment, free of any constraints, look like?

The phrase “free of any constraints” brought me back to my college days when in philosophy class we discussed the famous French philosopher Rousseau and his views about the inherent goodness of children. Basically he believed that children will develop best if they have no other guide than their own reason. In other words, the goal was to bring  children…

Gitanjali Rao: Girl of 11 takes US young scientist prize

From bbc.com A schoolgirl aged 11 has been honoured as “America’s top young scientist” for inventing a quick, low-cost test to detect lead-contaminated water. Gitanjali Rao was selected from 10 finalists who had spent three months collaborating with scientists to develop their ideas. Her device uses carbon nanotubes to detect the presence of lead. Thousands of US water systems are…

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The Kneebone Boy

The Kneebone Boy is a fun story about three quirky siblings and the adventures they embark on.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books. What You Need to Know: • Three quirky siblings go on an unexpected adventure and encounter some unusual characters. • While definitely odd, the children are intriguing and engaging, drawing the reader…