Carol Varsalona Oct 7, 2017

Oct 7, 2017

Summer Fades Into Fall

"... and all at once, summer collapsed into fall." -Oscar Wilde September heralded autumn and prepared for a grand showing . All noted nature's bountiful brilliance at fall's season-changing time. Once zephyrs changed course, summer found its ...

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Lisa Silmser Oct 4, 2017

Oct 4, 2017

Birthday Controversies

My school district has a Wellness Policy that strongly encourages the teachers to enforce restrictions on classroom treats and candy. The intention is a good one for the overall health of ours students. The unintended consequence however, has been a ...

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Kristie Ennis Oct 3, 2017

Oct 3, 2017

The Book Fort Abounds!

While I have shared this resource before, I wanted to share a link to all the most recent issues of The Book Fort in case it might help you encourage wonder and use best practices in your classroom. Here are the last seven issues of my newsletter, ...

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Delsia Malone Oct 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017

Goals

As a kid, I often heard my parents say hard work pays off. I would hear their words again throughout my life but especially remember those words at my high school graduation, again at college graduation and my first post college career assignment. ...

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Delsia Malone Sep 30, 2017

Sep 30, 2017

School

Now that schools across the United States are back in full swing, it’s a great time to explore a wonder about school? What is school? When were buses introduced to schools? Be sure to check out the bus handout in the resource area.

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Christie Wyman Sep 28, 2017

Sep 28, 2017

My Teacher Is A Poet!

During the first six weeks of school every year, classrooms all over the world work hard to build a sense of community. In elementary schools we do this by playing name games, turning and talking with a partner, and sharing similarities and ...

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Michelle Cooper Sep 26, 2017

Sep 26, 2017

Keep your students WONDERing with Buncee & Wonderopolis

Remember when students asked five hundred questions a day? Children start out their academic careers insatiably curious. They wonder how grass smells, how far away is the sun, and are giants real? Sometimes, it is hard to keep up with all those ...

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Susan Hellard Sep 24, 2017

Sep 24, 2017

Overnight Environmental Camp: Take it or leave it?

We just returned from our biggest field trip of the year. Our 5th grade overnight environmental 4H trip. This trip never seems to go as planned, I must complete most of this paperwork over the summer because it requires our Board of Education's ...

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Carol Varsalona Sep 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017

Engaging Families and Communities in Student Learning

Stress and harmonic imbalance at home can decrease student's ability to enjoy school and perform to the best of their abilities. So what can we, as educators do? -Laura Hill, moderator of #whatisschool Please join #whatisschool on September 21, ...

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Laura McShane Sep 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017

Teachable Moments

Cleveland Artist Debra Sue Solecki is a mom and an elementary school teacher. And, wonder of wonders, she works magic with ordinary sidewalk chalk (and chalk paint). Her impressive anamorphic drawing of frogs (shown above) won my highest marks of ...

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Kristie Ennis Sep 18, 2017

Sep 18, 2017

Wonder on the Drive

As I was driving back to the Chicago area from Dublin, OH, which will become my new home in about one month, I was reminded that wonder is everywhere, even in the car when you are exhausted and restless. The wind farm in Northern Indiana captured ...

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Carol Varsalona Sep 16, 2017

Sep 16, 2017

Make Your Mark on International Dot Day 2017

It's International Dot Day 2017, "a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration". Dots are filling Twitter like confetti from the sky. 10,007,526 people are celebrating in 169 countries around the world. Thanks to author, ...

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Renee Cunningham Sep 15, 2017

Sep 15, 2017

Dot Day!

September 15 is known as International Dot Day. While it may not be a holiday that Hallmark is printing cards for, it is certainly a big deal in the education community. Based on Peter Reynolds’ book, The Dot, it encourages student creativity ...

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Krissy Pierce Sep 13, 2017

Sep 13, 2017

Passion Project Ignites!

As part of an opportunity provided to Wonder Ambassadors last year, I sent out Wonder Boxes to multiple classrooms in the area. My goal was to provide inquiry-based experiences for students, while developing awareness and excitement about ...

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Carol Varsalona Sep 12, 2017

Sep 12, 2017

9/11 and 9-1-1

Sixteen years have gone by but there is still a sadness as the the fallen heroes of 911 are remembered around the world today. It is September 11th, Patriot Day. To honor the stories of 9/11 that started as an ordinary day in, Twitter created ...

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Robyn Thiessen Sep 11, 2017

Sep 11, 2017

Wonders of Teaching

As I begin another school year I am rought with insecurities and questions about what I am doing in my classroom. Am I doing enough? Am I learning enough? Am I reading enough? Has my practise evolved enough to give these little learners what they ...

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