Free Children from Acting Upon Labels

Labels can be dangerous. Once a child has a label placed upon them, they often live up, or down, to, that expectation. As such, they play a role that can limit their growth and development. Fortunately, there are things we…

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Add It Up – A Hip-Hop Salute to Math

The Hip Hop HeadUcatorz have teamed up with Manitoba teacher and emcee Mr. Will Penner to talk about the importance of having a solid foundation in math in our daily lives. Check out the lyric video to “Add it Up.” We…

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Music of Science (Wu-Tang Education)

ODB of the Wu-Tang Clan once said that “Wu-Tang is for the children.” It’s one of the reasons that educators should try their best to incorporate hip-hop pedagogy into their practice. You don’t have to be part of hip-hop culture…

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Tap Into Your Students’ Passions and Build New Approaches

Dr Courtney Rose shared this on her Instagram “It never hurts to revisit your passions. They not only give our lives meaning & purpose, but can heavily influence our practice, daily interactions and perceptions of others. Also, if you don’t know…

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Help Your Kids Learn from Home – An Interview with Demetra Turnbull

I had a conversation with Demetra TurnBull of Chalkboard Publishing that will be airing on my radio show Thursday. Demetra has fifteen years experience in primary classrooms and owns a publishing business that creates educational materials for parents and teachers….

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The Magic of Creativity

Sometimes when I am writing or creating, it feels like I am merely the channel that helps the work express itself. There has always been a magic to creativity. In her book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert explain it like this…

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Ideas Won’t Wait Around Forever

Ideas Won’t Wait Around Forever Elizabeth Gilbert tells us about a story she started to write but never finished. She loved the idea but never seriously got down to executing it. Then, a few years later, she had an encounter…

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Let the World Educate You

“If you are a young person, open your eyes wide and let the world educate you to the fullest extent. (‘Ascend no longer from the textbook! warned Walt Whitman, and I warn it, too; there are many ways to learn…

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Find Teachers That Speak to You

“Do you want to study under the great teachers? . . . Well, you can find them anywhere. They live on the shelves of your library; they live on the walls of museums; they live in recordings made decades ago….

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Blue’s Clues in School or the Library

I am so excited that Blue’s Clues is back on television. It has a new host and a new title, Blue’s Clues and You, but it is just as great as it has always been. I wrote this lesson plan…

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