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  • Mr. Jozwik's avatar
    If you have been following breaking news in the educational field, you should be aware that Finland, a world leader in educational innovation and academic performance, is instituting a national paradigm change in its educational philosophy. Instead of teaching “subject” classes, Finland is moving to a thematic approach that incorporates relevant global issues. This September, in Grand Rapids, MI, a Professional Development opportunity entitled, “STEM-ming the Global Drinking Water Crisis – a Thematic/Interdisciplinary/STEM approach to a global issue will demonstrate what this new approach to education in Finland will entail.
    I have attached an Introduction to the Course, an Agenda, a Lesson Plan Flow Sheet, and a Budget. This is a pilot program, and many of the costs for the course will be donated. Undergraduate and Graduate credit is available for extra cost. If you are interested in attending this unique educational opportunity, email ljozwik@wi.rr.com.
    If you have been following breaking news in the educational field, you should be aware that Finland, a world leader in educational innovation and academic performance, is instituting a national paradigm change in its educational philosophy. Instead of teaching “subject” classes, Finland is moving to a thematic approach that incorporates relevant global issues. This September, in Grand Rapids, MI, a Professional Development opportunity entitled, “STEM-ming the Global Drinking Water Crisis – a Thematic/Interdisciplinary/STEM approach to a global issue will demonstrate...
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    Great free international art/media competition for middle and high school students to help raise awareness of the global drinking water crisis... $1500 in prizes. Go to Safewaterprize.com for more information and registration. Last year, a 7th grader from Texas won the grand prize.
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    Natalie Coleman, this week's Educator of the Week, brings the Flying Classroom to her school district to promote STEM learning with a global perspective.
  • Mr. McQuaid's avatar
    http://education.nationalgeographic.com/mocku...
    Nat Geo, with an interactive globe..very nice!
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    This week's Educator of the Week shares an excellent activity on programming interactive greeting cards to connect her students with pen pals around the world.
  • Mr. McQuaid's avatar
    A year end project I do with my Grade 7' Geography class.
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    Check out today's Educator of the Week, Candy Voigt, who shares her UNICEF Birthday Activity that can be adapted for any grade level.
  • Mr. Peterson's avatar
    How much math can be found in a swimming pool? Students will use proportional reasoning to explore patterns in water depth, along with rates and the Pythagorean Theorem to win a friendly competition.
    Topics: rates, similar triangles, Pythagorean Theorem, modeling expressions, equating expressions, solving equations, modeling real world situations
    Grade Levels 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: 6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.3, 7.EE.B.3, 7.EE.B.4, 8.G.B.7, HSG-SRT.B.5
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    How much math can be found in a swimming pool? Students will use proportional reasoning to explore patterns in water depth, along with rates and the Pythagorean Theorem to win a friendly competition.
    Topics: rates, similar triangles, Pythagorean Theorem, modeling expressions, equating expressions, solving equations, modeling real world situations
    Grade Levels 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: 6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.3, 7.EE.B.3, 7.EE.B.4, 8.G.B.7, HSG-SRT.B.5
    "Don't Pee in the Mathwater"
    http://hungryteacher.com/essential_grid/dont-...
    It's free!!!...
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    For anyone teaching about migration, development, political sciences, or current issues in general, I think a great story that is gaining traction this year is China's growing involvement in Africa- over 160 billion worth of trade this year and over one million Chinese immigrants living there now. I've developed a little debate activity around some fascinating resources I've found, including a Fresh Air Podcast, articles from the Economist, and photojournalism from Time (links below). Anyone have other compelling resources about this phenomenon?
    • Mr. McKenzie - Hi Mr Carlson, There is a recent BBC article that I had my grade 10s discuss which shows that China is now number 3 in arms exporting behind...drumroll.....USA and Russia. we look at the political, economic ramifications of such a list. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31901493
      There is no doubt the Middle Kingdom is making huge inroads into all avenues of the global stage.

      • Mar 18, 2015
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    • Anne Lewis - Since my "class" is the world (I work at a science center) one of the best ways is to share social media updates. National Geographic Educators actually has great resources for this.
      If I were a classroom teacher with a class blog, I would include NatGeo and other science/current event thought leader social media streams in my announcement section.

      • Mar 11, 2015
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    World Water Day is coming up on March 22nd! Check out this week's Educator of the Week's post about a water conversation activity.
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