What did you do during your summer vacation? This commonly asked question is more applicable to us educators than our students. Those that think that educators have the “easy life” with “summers off” obviously do not have a clue about the rigors of the teaching profession. Though we may not be teaching in the classroom for several weeks, summers, teachers and professional development go hand in hand. Whether the professional development for teachers is planned by our schoolboards or voluntary, most educators spend some of their break from the classroom in the classroom learning.
Archive for June, 2011
Ketchup and pickle relish are definitely not vegetables! In 1981, the UnitedStates Department of Agriculture Food and Drug Administration (USDA) proposed reclassifying these condiments as vegetables to allow public schools to cut out a serving of vegetable from the school lunch program and save an estimated $1 billion annually in the cost of subsidized meals for low income students. Understandably, the proposal was met with outrage by parents and nutritionists alike and was never actually implemented. In January of this year the USDA met to propose the first changes it has made in 15 years to raise the nutritional standards of the school lunch. It seems that the current level of obesity (a reported25 million children) is the push behind the change in what will be offered on school lunch menus.
Where can you find children exploring the techniques of Picasso in a small groupof mixed ages? Well perhaps at an art museum, but you may also find them learning in a Charter School. In many places, Public Charter Schools have become a viable alternative to traditional public school and even private school education.
June is the signal for many people to pull out their BBQ grills and is often the beginning of the outdoor cooking season. Since we would like to teach our students to be responsible citizens, responsible in their use of natural resources, what better way than to include a unit on alternative energy sources -solar powered cooking. You and your students can conserve energy and eat your hotdogs too with this lesson Plan for Solar Powered Cooking.