Carol Varsalona Aug 21, 2017

Aug 21, 2017

Great American Eclipse - Wonder Bundle #5

It's just minutes away from an amazing natural phenomenon-a celestial happening and I am excited to be immersed in the experience. Newspaper headlines, morning talk shows, live streaming newscasts, and articles on the eclipse are circulating today. ...

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Christie Wyman Aug 15, 2017

Aug 15, 2017

The first thing I do is...

Like most teachers, my classroom was dissembled in June so the custodians could give it a thorough (term used very loosely!) cleaning over the summer. When August rolls around, it’s time to put it all back together again. This takes me a while. ...

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Delsia Malone Aug 9, 2017

Aug 9, 2017

Picture Book Recommendations

This year I was compelled to share picture books on the themes of individualism, self esteem, and kindness. I also located accompanying wonders on Wonderopolis. Happy reading! Cheer Up by Michael Gordon -Simple rhymes tell of a little boy learning ...

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Kristie Ennis Aug 7, 2017

Aug 7, 2017

Urban Gardening Update

Last month, I shared my experience in planting a small garden in my new, much smaller living space. I have had more success than not, although I will say that I lost two of my cucumber plants to the maintenance crew (wacky weed-eaters!) and one ...

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Christi Coplin Aug 7, 2017

Aug 7, 2017

What I did this summer part 1.

It is summer time. The very much needed vacation period for all teachers. graduation was on May 25. I shall miss the class of 2017 terribly they all were freshmen the year that I started teaching high school. My online class that I took in the ...

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Delsia Malone Aug 5, 2017

Aug 5, 2017

Who Loves the Beach?

This year my husband and I traveled to Mexico Beach, Florida. It is July. It’s hot. It’s very, very hot. As we drove, I could not help but wonder: Why do we love the beach? We do not need a tan. I hate being sweaty. I shy away from the sun. Why ...

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Lisa Silmser Aug 5, 2017

Aug 5, 2017

A Foundation of Community

I've been doing some research this summer on how important it is to build community in a classroom and in a school. When people feel like they belong and have connections to others in a group they are more productive, healthier and have a greater ...

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Lisa Silmser Aug 4, 2017

Aug 4, 2017

Eclipse Nerds

I'm a mom and I'm a teacher. This means that I walk a very fine line between being a huge champion for learning and inspiring my children or ruining them completely by turning every minor thing into a Hunter lesson plan. Over the summer this is ...

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Christie Wyman Jul 31, 2017

Jul 31, 2017

The best teacher gift ever

Note: Originally posted in June 27, 2017 as part of the Slice of Life Challenge. Sometimes the best gifts come in very small packages. Click here to learn about my favorite teacher gift of all time.

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Laura McShane Jul 25, 2017

Jul 25, 2017

Math Happy

From the time we are children we learn to play with basic shapes to form compositions that please us. So, is there a mathematical formula for perfect happiness? To represent our world, we work with the elements of design : color, line, shape, ...

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Kristie Ennis Jul 17, 2017

Jul 17, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?

When I recently moved from Kentucky, where I lived in a house and had my own gardening space, to a suburb of Chicago, I lamented not having a place to exercise my "green thumb." Inherited from my dad's family, I have always had great luck tending ...

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Delsia Malone Jun 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

On the Trail

Celebrating National Trails Day on June 3, 2017 was a day I had looked forward to for weeks! First learning about the day via Twitter and via an email from National Center for Families Learning’s #FamilyTrails, I saved the date and hubby and I ...

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Kierly Brimm Jun 20, 2017

Jun 20, 2017

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Kristie Ennis Jun 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017

Take Time to Wonder

Having just relocated to a new city five hours from my home of 34 years, I felt the wanderlust tugging at me when I packed up my car to drive away from the past, into a new, uncertain future. I have committed to recording at least one thought while ...

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Laura McShane Jun 5, 2017

Jun 5, 2017

Roly-Polies -Exploring Backyard Wildlife

After a rainy weekend, I almost stepped on a family of pill bugs in my backyard. I must look like a horrible giant predator to these poor little guys. What do I know about them? I know that they go by many names: roly-polies, potato bugs, pill ...

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Carol Varsalona May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

Wonder Bundle #4: Strange Dreams

After a night of frustrating technology glitches, I wrote a post, Whoosh!, and decided to engage in a deep breathing technique to fall asleep. Little did I know that sleep was at least an hour away. Despite the breathing and trying to quiet down my ...

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