Happy Diwali! Teachers, are you Teaching about Diwali?

by Punita Rice Teaching

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali! Thursday of this week is Diwali (also spelled Divali, and sometimes called Deepavali/Deepawali). A lifetime ago, when I was a student, a teacher asked me to explain Diwali to my classmates. I don’t think I provided much more than: “Um… it’s the festival of lights? There are fireworks?” Me, as an 11 or 12 year old who knew very little … Read More

Keeping Brains Active this Winter Gives Students Boost (Guest Post)

by Larry Mager Teaching

Keeping Brains Active this Winter

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Larry Mager of ReadyBrain.net, for educators, teachers, and families.  Keeping Brains Active this Winter Gives Students Boost With winter and the holidays closing in, it’s easy for students to check out mentally. It can be especially hard for them to shake off the sloth of holiday breaks when it’s cold and dreary outside. This makes … Read More

Thoughts on Columbus Day

by Punita Rice Teaching

Ugh Columbus Day - picture from The Oatmeal

Teachers, how do you tackle teaching students about the actual legacy of Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Exchange? We know Columbus was not a good guy, and that it makes little to no sense that there’s such a thing as Columbus Day — but it does make for a good teaching opportunity about the role of perspective in history. When I … Read More

Technological Singularity Lesson Plan

by Punita Rice Teaching

Technological Singularity Lesson Plan

When I was teaching, I created a technological singularity lesson plan, on how coming technological advances and changes (and the actual singularity, which I touch on at the beginning of the lesson — I’ve included an overview of the lesson at the bottom of this post) might impact the world. My seventh graders usually shared insights into what the world … Read More