Monthly Archives: November 2012

Reading Matters — but let’s make it Critical Reading

I saw this graphic on a friend’s Facebook page recently. But something about it didn’t look right to me: Of course, the graphic’s overall point is correct — it’s crucial to have kids read.  More reading = more success.  No … Continue reading

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Separation of powers — it’s relevant!

It’s not every day that a “separation of powers” teaching moment presents itself, so when I saw this front page of the New York Times online edition, I decided to pounce: Judges in Egypt are upset that President Morsi is … Continue reading

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Teaching Gaza to sixth graders

If you are a sixth grader who recently started paying attention to world events, you would have seen that the big story this past week has been about a place called the Gaza Strip, which has been battling with Israel … Continue reading

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“Cool” science — should we air condition the tropics?

People have been wondering how we will approach science at Triangle Learning Community middle school (opening in the fall of 2013).  Here’s an example of how a compelling science article in the New York Times might lead us to have … Continue reading

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Who are the Taliban? A primer for middle school students

My previous post about how the Taliban shot 15-year old Malala Yousafzai explored some basics about Malala’s situation and about life in Pakistan, but we were left with these large questions: WHAT IS THE TALIBAN?  WHY WAS THE TALIBAN RULING?  IS … Continue reading

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