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The Next Generation Science Standards & Lesson Planning

At the NSTA’s Boston Conference this year, I attended a Professional Development Institute on the Next Generation Science Standards. Since then, I have been looking forward to taking the time to review the standards in greater depth and consider how I can incorporate them into my curriculum. 484 more words


Using Obsessions to Your Advantage

One of the noted ‘symptoms’ of autism is having an intense interest, or obsession for a particular object or topic. Our children can quickly become subject matter experts in areas beyond their years. 1,107 more words


Photo Mapo

I have a bad habit of downloading apps that look interesting and then forgetting to try them.  Photo Mapo is a free iOS app that should not be overlooked. 244 more words


Using Origami to Foster a Growth Mindset

Have you ever tried to teach origami to a large group of first graders?  It can be a challenge, to say the least.

Every year, when my 1st graders study Japan, I attempt an origami project.   715 more words




The Devices of Wonder interactive lecture was an interesting twist on contemporary renaissance tools and art forms.  What stood out to me was the ability to actively participate in the online exhibition.   140 more words