Friday, May 31, 2013

New Resources for Teaching Kids Financial Literacy

OSU gives students a lesson on debt [The Columbus Dispatch via The Quick and the Ed] - No reason you can't do this in some form for K-12.

Free Credit Lesson Plans for Middle School and High School Teachers - Financial education is both a necessity and a no-brainer as far as making math more relevant for our kids.

Elementary Math, Reading Skills At Age 7 Linked To Financial Success At Midlife, According To Study [HuffPo] - Perhaps the best financial literacy we can teach is indirect: making sure our children can read and write fluently in elementary school.

Use This "Bank Ledger" to Manage Your Kids' Allowance [Lifehacker] - This one is meant to be used at home, but I think it could be adapted to an early elementary classroom using play money or something of the sort.

7 Places Teens (and Adults) Can Learn About Money [Wise Bread]

Friday, May 24, 2013

New Resources for Teaching Math: May 2013

How math-phobic parents can teach kids to love math [Explore]

Math Worksheets Land - Tons of Printable Math Worksheets From All Grade Levels - A new, free resource created by a retired math teacher.

Balancing the Equation for Boys and Girls in Math [The Educated Reporter] - Research to apply to your classroom practice.

13 ways to make your kid a math genius [Holy Kaw!] - This echoes a lot of things I wrote about in Toys & Games Every Kid Should Play With Growing Up.

Math Games and Videos for the Common Core [PBS LearningMedia] - The free service recently added tons of new educational content, including this outlet.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend Reader on Using Music in the Classroom

How Music Can Become A Bigger Part Of Your Classroom [Edudemic via Twitter]

Spitting Rhymes and Firing Synapses: Freestyle Rap Battles Could Boost Student Creativity [GOOD]

Swapping C.R.E.A.M. for STEM: Wu-Tang's GZA Helps Kids Learn Science With Hip Hop [GOOD]
Jake Scott on YouTube [via The Educated Reporter] - This high school math teacher has been combining rapping with instruction.

VIDEO: Why Music Moves Us [Explore] - A little more on the science behind the power of music.

Using music in the classroom also happens to be one of the lessons in my book Teaching is Not a Four Letter Word. You might like it.

Finally, here's the now infamous Domain & Range Song that I adapted a few years ago:

Friday, May 10, 2013

Weekend Reader on School Lunches & Student Health

Sen. Durbin Eats School Lunch at Tilden High School

How a $50 School Lunchroom Makeover Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity []

How the Food Industry Exploits Students’ Cravings for Sugar, Salt, and Fat [Edvoices] - Mr. Nast makes great points about the need to teach our kids media literacy, especially the power of advertising, as well as the science behind junk food.

What NOT to do: Lunch Ladies Teach Middle Schoolers About Debt, Trash Their Lunches If They Owe Money [Consumerist]

Action for Healthy Kids - This advocacy group has a lot of information on model school lunch and health programs.

USDA Rolls Out New School Brunch Program For Wealthier School Districts [The Onion] - A little satire that makes real life calls for better lunches for everyone seem much more reasonable.