Chess Tournament in Chicago Teaches Discipline –

16 Oct

Chess Tournament in Chicago Teaches Discipline –


Ms. Polgar’s mantra is that chess teaches discipline, analytical thinking, time management, focus and patience — skills that can be useful throughout life. She cites countries, like Armenia, where chess is either a mandatory part of school curriculums, especially in the early elementary years, or strongly encouraged.

It cuts across socioeconomic divides, exemplified by impressive performances of high-poverty students in Brownsville, Tex., who have whipped privileged Manhattan rivals — “kids who get individual lessons from grandmasters,” she said — and shown how “a boost in self-confidence can change lives.”

The Education Policy and Leadership Center, Arts and Education Symposium, AEI

11 Oct

The Education Policy and Leadership Center’s Arts and Education Symposium

October 6, 2011 By CPAG

Thursday, October 13, 2011

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania


Join arts and education leaders from across the state and nation to participate in discussions about the policy implications of the arts in Pennsylvania’s schools and communities.  Symposium discussions will inform the work of EPLC’s Arts and Education Initiative (AEI), which is generating a report including actionable policy recommendations for legislators and other audiences to be released in February of 2012.  Stay tuned for more information and online registration access.

The Arts and Education Symposium is presented by EPLC with the generous support of the Heinz Endowments, the William Penn Foundation, and the Buhl Foundation.

via The Education Policy and Leadership Center, Arts and Education Symposium, AEI.

Empathy & ethics

8 Oct

Katherine Beals post on her blog today talks about two articles written about empathy and moral motivation.  She reiturates, “Reforming society entails a similarly left-brained approach:

If you want to make the world a better place, help people debate, understand, reform, revere and enact their codes. Accept that codes conflict.”

And this is key – HELP PEOPLE ENACT THEIR CODES!  Helping them bring to life their ethics and thus their empathy!!!  Her blog is here: Out In Left Field.

Another interesting article on the ethical dilemma facing us today is found HERE on Franco Tarulli’s law blog.

Something for us to be concerned about, which sounds trite, but couldn’t be more serious.



8 Essential Parental Responsibilities

5 Oct

I set out this evening planning to write about our responsibilities as parents.  Aside from the obvious.

And I also wanted to write a reminder about how parental interactions with children anticipate future relational interactions and affect attitude, communication, and problem solving as the child gets older.  Basically, how we handle our responsibilities as parents affects how our children absorb information and interact with people for the rest of their lives.

However, Chris Theisen, author of the book and website, The Parent Coach Plan, has taken care of writing the best list detailing the responsibilities of parents.

8 Essential Parental Responsibilities – Parent Education – Parenting – Family Resource.

By giving your children the gift of your commitment to your responsibilities as a parent, you will ensure that your child grows in curiosity, intellect, and spirit.

Happy Reading!

SarahSarah, college student

Supporting Teachers | Mommy Loves Coffee

30 Sep

Supporting Teachers | Mommy Loves Coffee.


The article above, by Christina H. on her blog, Mommy Loves Coffee, shares tips on how parents can be good partners with their children’s teachers.  This well written article highlights tips that you can implement with both elementary and secondary teachers.  This is worth the quick read!

Edcamp – Harrisburg

29 Sep

Word is going around about – in fact, I was talking about it at WORK and found out today that our director sent out an email to the local districts about it!  It sounds amazing.  Check it out!

Edcamp is an education conference “for the people by the people”.

So – you’re all invited to attend.  It’s a Saturday, and it’s free.

It is a one-day educational conference, Saturday, November 12, Harrisburg University.

At the beginning of the day there is no schedule, but by the time sessions start, there are always interesting, engaging topics.  This is not a recruitment for speakers.  There will be plenty of people there to volunteer to present.  At Edcamp Philly in April, these were some of the titles:

Teaching with Games

Targeting 21st Century Skills

How to use Web 2.0 in Elementary Schools

Model 1:1 computer classrooms

Librarians can help!

All About Google Apps for Education

Using Blogger in the Classroom

Cloud Computing

Social Networking in the Classroom

Should we embrace technology?

Creating authentic learning experiences using online global connections

What is an edcamp?

It’s an unconference.  This means that the attendees are the ones who facilitate the sessions on teaching and learning! Edcamp won’t succeed without a whole bunch of you wanting to run a session of some kind!

Edcamp Harrisburg will begin at 8:00am with registration, breakfast refreshments, networking, and session-building with your colleagues. This is when you can sign up to lead a session, prepare for the day’s events, and meet some new friends. At 9:30, the organizers will kickoff the unconference and edcamp Harrisburg will get underway!

What should I bring?

Make sure to bring your ticket from EventBrite and also your laptop!

How do I register?

Visit our website to register.

How much does it cost?

It’s free! Breakfast will be provided!  Be one of the first to arrive and receive a free edcamp Harrisburg t-shirt.


Have more questions about edcamp?  You can follow us on twitter @edcampHBG or send an email:


The Flipped Classroom Model | Parentella

29 Sep

The Flipped Classroom Model | Parentella.

Education Initiative for PARENTS!

28 Sep

Remember, I’m a parent.  I am not a teacher, nor have I ever taken any teaching classes.

I have, however, had personal experiences with teachers as both a student and as the parent of 4 children. In addition, I did substitute teach, and my prep for that was a two and a half day workshop to help me learn some classroom management techniques before I jumped into the breach.  It is a requirement where I live that if you do not hold a teaching certificate, potential substitutes must participate in this workshop (and have a bachelor’s degree).

I want to make it clear to my readers that I am not a professional educator, but what I am is a proponent of education – public education – and I want to help make it work for everyone.

Two years ago I was at a school board meeting where a man in a suit stood up to speak.  Though his suit was pressed, his speech was rough, and he sported a day-old beard. The meeting was packed to the walls with people – our district was making some changes – and he used his few minutes to ask the board not to raise school taxes.  Which would have been a fine request, had he not appended his appeal with the statement that the school didn’t benefit him in any way, since he didn’t have children.

I was surprised.  and saddened.  and disgusted.

Of course he benefited from the schools that surrounded his home.

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What should your child be learning?

22 Sep

Standards describe what students should know and be able to do; they increase in complexity and sophistication as students progress through school.

If you have ever wondered what your child should know or be learning about at his or her age, there are a  number of resources for you.  The one I will talk about today are your state’s standards for education.  I will show you how my state works, and give you tips for finding out the recommended standards for your own state. Continue reading

ABC’s in the Kitchen

30 Aug

Today’s activity is going to require 2 things: a canister of table salt, and the lid of a box.  Not too big, try looking for the top of a shoe box.  Or the bottom, for that matter.  You could also use a baking pan if it is not too large.

beaches,children,communications,girls,letters,people,sands,sticks,women,writingsThis activity is based on the concept of learning shapes through muscle memory. It builds on the fact that children need to gain fine-motor skills and is an extension of that.

It is a challenge for the brain to learn letters, let alone learn to READ – and different parts of the brain take care of different types of processing.  According to the CAST website, one part of the brain is responsible for color, another for shape, and still another for location.  So if you are learning to identify a single letter, different parts of the brain need to come together to identify just that ONE LETTER!

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