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Children's Play & Didactic Instruction

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Aug 26, 2015 09:19 AM

This New York Times article explores the topics of early didactic instruction and play activities.  A psychologist at Cambridge University, David Whitebread, has studied children's play for many years.  He says that play is "essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to cont... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on August 26, 2015

Education's Erin Brockovich

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:31 AM

Some parents and educators feel that testing of children has become excessive.  More and more parents are choosing to have their children opt-out of state assessments.  This is an article about one Long Island parent and her role in the "Opt-Out" movement.  Here's the link to the article titled ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on August 12, 2015

Pros and Cons of Less Structured vs. Highly Structured Activities in Childhood

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jul 03, 2015 09:32 AM

Research conducted by faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Denver shows a relationship between less structured time in children who are 6-7 years old and the development of "executive function."  Here's the link to the article:  http://journal.frontiersin.org/artic... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on July 03, 2015

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jun 15, 2015 03:15 PM

Here's a link to an article about a practice which radically departs from what is customarily done in schools in the USA.  Does this  practice contribute to Finland's ranking as the best school system in the world? read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on June 15, 2015

Communities & Neighborhoods: Children's Books & Teaching Resources

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Apr 29, 2015 02:00 PM

Are you looking for children’s books about communities & neighborhoods?  The EMC in Polk Library owns many such books.  Click here to access the list of books. In addition to the books, you’ll see  many lesson plans and other teaching resources related to the theme of communities & neighb... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on April 29, 2015

Why Kids are Getting More Aggressive on the Playground

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Apr 16, 2015 08:14 AM

According to the author of an article appearing in The Washington Post kids' behavior on the playground is becoming more aggressive.  Even the seemingly innocuous game of Tag is not immune to such behaviors.  So, some schools have even banned the game of Tag.  Why is this happening?  Here is a ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on April 16, 2015

Interesting Take on Learning Modalities

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Mar 17, 2015 11:41 AM

This is a blog post by an education professor about misconceptionsabout learning modalities:  http://nicholasmeier.com/2015/03/14/learning-modalities/   read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on March 17, 2015

The 2015 Caldecott, Newbery & Coretta Scott King Award Winning Books

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Feb 02, 2015 11:55 AM

Here is a link to the list of recipients of the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and other ALA children's and young adult awards: http://live.webcastinc.com/ala/2015/live/doc/yma_15_wrap_final.pdf read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on February 02, 2015

The Top 100 Picture Books

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 13, 2015 10:35 AM

A few years ago School Library Journal created a list of the top 100 picture books of all-time.  Can you guess which picture book was considered the #1 choice?   Here's the link to the list: http://www.slj.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SLJ_Fuse8_Top100_Picture.pdf read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on January 13, 2015

Thanksgiving Teaching Ideas

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Nov 06, 2014 04:25 PM

Excellent resource for Thanksgiving bulletin boards,  art projects and lesson plans: http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/themes/thanksgiving.html read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on November 06, 2014

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