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In 1921, an aristocratic up-and-coming young New York politician, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, contracted polio. Fearing his political future over, and desperate for a cure, FDR journeyed to Warm Springs, GA., on the advice of his friend, George Foster Peabody. There, FDR found the naturally soothing mineral water helpful in his physical therapy. FDR purchased the property and turned it into a polio treatment center. Eventually, FDR reentered politics and was elected, first Governor of New York, then four times President of the United States.
The end of the semester is almost near, and we are close to a well-deserved holiday break. In the midst of eating, shopping, and relaxing, let’s not forget to take the time to reflect on why we chose to become educators. Here are five reasons we can be thankful for choosing to work in such a noble profession.
From planning the federal budget to commanding our armed forces, American presidents have serious responsibilities they undertake during their terms in the White House. In Episode 4, “Role Call: The Seven Roles of the President,” students will learn about the seven main roles of our President and the responsibilities attached to each.
What’s the best predictor of success in a person’s life, including success in education? When it comes to predicting the latter, psychologist and former educator Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth says we need to better understand students and learning from a motivational and psychological perspective. “In education, the one thing we know how to measure best is IQ,” Duckworth says.
During the month of October, we had the opportunity to travel to Savannah and interview some wonderful individuals at the Coastal Heritage Society (CHS) for our Georgia Studies Virtual Field Trip series. While there, we learned that the Coastal Heritage Society is working with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System to offer first grade field trips every Tuesday to Title I schools across Chatham County throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
Ready? Set? Play! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is ready to re-open its doors to the public on Saturday, December 12 after a three-month, $8.2 million renovation project. Atlanta’s only children’s museum is excited to showcase a new 3,000 square foot mezzanine level, two additional permanent exhibits, enhanced existing galleries, and a permanent performance space for the museum’s Imaginators.
What student doesn’t love to doodle? The evidence of this fascination is obvious when students turn in papers; the drawings line the margins, filling corners and looping through letters. It’s time for all of these creative drawings to be put to use while giving students a chance to win scholarships at the same time!
ThingLink is an interactive platform that allows you to make static images engaging through the addition of embedded links. Not only is it free and available on all electronic devices, it is useful for all content areas and extremely user friendly. Here are five facts and tips on how you can use ThingLink in your classroom.
1. Add A Variety Of Media To Bring Images To Life
When you ask your students to describe the freedoms afforded to them by the Constitution, they may say freedom of speech or freedom of religion. Try following up that question by asking them how these rights are defended to see if anyone mentions our country’s servicemen and servicewomen. As important as the right to free speech and religion are the men and women, both past and present, who protect these liberties. Make sure that this year on November 11th your students understand the history and importance of a holiday that recognizes these important people: Veterans Day.