Did you know that many children are “musical learners?” Research has shown that children are more likely to pick up complex ideas and improve reading fluency when learning is set to music. Four teachers at Heather Elementary put… Read More
Mrs. Norgaard’s 3rd graders were determined to find ways to increase their physical activity during the school day. After her students wrote a persuasive essay to the principal suggesting improvements that could be made at school, Mrs. Norgaard,… Read More
It’s one thing to learn about Colonial times and the American Revolution by reading history books; it’s another to actually see history in action. Ms. Scannell and Ms. Frick, 5th grade language arts and U.S. history teachers at Tierra Linda, developed an innovative project-based learning (PBL) unit about Colonial America in Williamsburg, Virginia. Williamsburg is an outdoor history museum and town preserved in the time of 18th century America. Tourists can meet the townspeople, tradespeople, shopkeepers, political figures, women and the enslaved who explain their lives and perspectives. Last fall, supported by funding from the SCEF Educator Innovation Fund, Ms. Scannell and Ms. Frick traveled to Williamsburg to film this living history for their classes. When they returned they posted the videos on Google Classroom, a class share site, over the course of a month.