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How Can We Show Our Students What Volume Means?

This past week I had the opportunity to share with a graduate class the Common Core progression of geometric measurement concepts across the grade levels from Kindergarten through eighth grade. We packed the space between two points of a line with one-inch sticks, and we packed a rectangle with squares, and then we packed a […]

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Coming Soon: AIMS Physical Science Webinar

Following the success of our first live webinar workshop a few weeks ago, we are at it once again. We are learning from the participant comments how to make the webinars better each time–and we will be offering this workshop for free to help teachers around the country. This time the focus will be on […]

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A Fifth Grade Fraction Activity Using Doceri

I’m here to share another Doceri presentation. This time I want to acquaint you with an AIMS fraction activity for fifth grade. Using the innovative whiteboard app by Doceri, classroom teachers can easily engage and involve students in this lesson. The number one area of focus in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in […]

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Fundraising & Business Development for Non-Profits on Tamara Leigh’s TREND ON

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/linkedlocalnetwork/2014/03/19/fundraising-business-development-for-non-profits-on-tamara-leighs-trend-on If you are struggling to find funds for your non-profit, if you are frustrated with social media and     can’t find the right channels to expand your partnerships, if you don’t know where to begin your prospecting, then read on as well as give a listen to Andrey Gidaspov, connector of people and […]

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AIMS Minute: How to Make a Straw Plane

The AIMS Minute is back! We’ve gotten some great, positive responses to the AIMS Minute so far and we’ve been hard at work making lots more. This one is for teachers looking for a cool, quick idea for a simple manipulative that could have lots of different uses. Check it out: You can get the […]

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Fabulous 50s and Beyond Telesummit

Are you growth oriented? Do you believe work & life should be rich with purpose and alive with passion and connection? Rikk Hansen and Susyn Reeve, co-hosts of the popular On Purpose radio show and podcast here with LinkedLocal Network, are part of a very positive event – The Fabulous 50s and Beyond Telesummit. It’s a […]

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Noisy room noisy mind

A common complaint I hear from teachers about their students with either ADHD or autism is that they seem to make no effort or delay making an effort to get ready for class. They’ll state that the student (who we’ll call Andy) will simply sit there and do nothing while the other students are getting […]

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Toothpick Puzzlers

This week’s activity consists of five related puzzles that should challenge students. Matchstick (I have substituted toothpicks) puzzles have been a staple feature of recreational mathematics for years. The puzzles presented here were adapted from some that appeared in The Moscow Puzzles by Boris Kordemsky (available from Dover Publications, Inc.) This type of puzzle often requires patience […]

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What the Orthodontist Taught My Kids About Math

Our orthodontist has an ongoing game where kids get to guess the number of items in a jar: Although the jar shape and item type change each month, my kids use the same strategy every time: they count how many items are in the bottom layer, figure out how many layers are in the jar, […]

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AIMS Activities Aligned to the Common Core Math Standards

We know that your time is precious, so AIMS has taken the time to align from 35 to 65 of our activities at each grade level to the standards. Many of the activities are enhanced with short how-to videos, and most activities use materials you probably have on hand. We’ve put it all together in […]

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Doceri, A Powerful Classroom Tool

Last month presented at a conference with the help of a whiteboard presentation created using Doceri. Doceri is an app that allows you to create whiteboard presentations using an iPad (coming soon for tablets with Windows 8 operating systems). It was created for teachers, is relatively easy to use, and is a great tool for […]

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The Five Triangle Puzzle: Composing and Decomposing

Beginning in first grade and continuing through the grades, the Common Core Math Standards emphasize composing and decomposing shapes. One way to give students experience with composing shapes is through put-together puzzles. Actually, working at put-together puzzles involves lots of composing and decomposing. Sometimes what we compose is a solution; sometimes it’s not. While the […]

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Old school teaching versus the real world

Giving a child a copy of notes for each class does NOT remove accountability from the student nor does it give the student permission to tune out. What it DOES do is prevent a child’s brain from becoming worn out as a result of having to rapidly and repeatedly transition between whiteboard and notebook, often […]

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Middle School Trade Books and Related AIMS Activities

In my last post, I reported that every year the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) publishes a list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. I also provided links to several books and related AIMS activities for primary and intermediate grades. (Link to last two blogs.) This post will feature books from the list […]

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Can Math Tell Me Why Regular Cola Sinks and Diet Cola Floats?

My students are always asking, “How are we ever going to use this math?” I’m always asking, “Where are contexts that use the math standards they say are suppose to be taught?” We’re all asking, “What are fun, interesting things that involve us and help us learn?” I just returned from a local math conference […]

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MLK Day: Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off!

About Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service January 20, 2014  will mark the  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves [...]

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Introducing: The AIMS Minute!

In the interest of trying something new and doing something useful, we got a little crazy with our cameras a couple weeks ago. At AIMS, we produce some great videos for our activities (I think they’re great. If you don’t then you probably haven’t seen them. What gives?), but we wanted to see what we […]

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Thinking With Things: Evocative Objects

In this post I want to add another dimension to my previous post about thinking with things. Three examples come to mind of well-known people for whom evocative objects literally shaped their life’s work. Notice that the objects are important, but it is the feelings these three people had about the objects they manipulated and […]

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High Touch – High Tech Presents Science Experience to Four Area Schools

High Touch- High Tech (HTHT) is a fun and interactive science experience. They come into schools for afterschool and in school programs, working  with preschool , elementary, and middle school students.  They also do presentations to seniors. High Touch -High Tech visited four local middles schools in Wheeling, Buffalo Grove & Elk Grove Village which include [...]

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How do we get students motivated?

Have you ever had one of those days where you just do not want to do anything? You don’t want to go to work, you don’t want to clean the house, and you definitely do not want to work out. Lack of motivation is a big concern when trying to do something productive. This same [...]

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Is Technology Hurting or Helping Education?

In helping a student with their homework, this topic came to mind. He asked me what a word meant. In my mind, having grown up with significantly less gadgets, the logical thing for me was to go get a dictionary. As he struggled to find a word in a dict…

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Conferences to be held Oct. 10 and 11

District 54’s parent conferences will be held on Oct. 10 and 11. This is a great opportunity for your children to share with you their personal, academic goals for the school year as well as their accomplishments to date. It is important that the teacher knows how an individual is doing in school, and it is important [...]

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Roosevelt University Implements Safety Features for its Downtown Campus

Roosevelt University Implements Safety Features for its Downtown CampusBy Marie LazzaraRUNWSAC Membership Chair Safety is always an issue for universities and colleges and Roosevelt University is no exception. In the near future, the downtown campus will have safety features such as security [...]

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District 54 will help to break world record for reading

On Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, School District 54 will join Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign designed to break the world record for the largest shared reading experience ever, while also working to break the cycle of illiteracy. All 63 early childhood classes and 78 kindergarten classes at District 54’s 22 elementary schools [...]

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Run to Read thanks

Thanks to all of the participants, sponsors, volunteers, donors and cheerers who made the 9th annual Run to Read a huge success today. Race results will be posted at http://sd 54.org/runtoread later this week. Thanks to our Title Sponsor – the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs. Also thank you to the other sponsors – Hemisphere [...]

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Eisenhower Junior High School celebrates 40th Anniversary

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Dwight D. Eisenhower Junior High School in Hoffman Estates. To celebrate, Eisenhower would like to invite current and former students, staff members, parents and Hoffman Estates community members to a Block Party fr…

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