Putting Physics to Work in the Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

Tami Bowlden has worked in education for 17 years. Based in Idaho, she has been a classroom teacher (5th-8th grades), and an Educational Technology specialist, has worked in professional development and curriculum design, and currently works for Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). She holds an endorsement in Gifted and Talented education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about helping teachers to meet students where they are and to plan creative, engaging, differentiated lessons and activities for students that challenge them and give them choices about their own learning. She blogs and shares ideas and materials at For the Teachers, a


Thank A Teacher A Latte by StudyBlue

Guest writer, Katie Cooper, Community Manager from StudyBlue. Thank A Teacher A Latte for Teacher Appreciation Week.

As those remaining school days dwindle and the May flowers bloom with the end of April showers, the time has come to recognize all those top notch educators, who are constantly taking things to the next level. StudyBlue is here to help you do just that. Teacher Appreciation week runs from May 6-10 and in celebration, StudyBlue is launching its second annual teacher appreciation program, “Thank a Teacher a Latte”.

Whether you’re a student, former s…


Should Teenagers Expect Privacy on the Internet?

This blog was originally published on Finding Common Ground at Education Week by Peter DeWitt on April 28th, 2013 7:16 AM.

Schools should not change the child; instead they need to change the environment that helps educate that child.

Recently, I attended/presented at the Tech Forum 2013 in Boston. It was by far one of the best conferences I have been to in a very long time. All of the presenters had a gift for using technology. Many had gr…


Bilingual Education

The English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act was enacted to ensure that non-native English speakers in the United States are given quality English instruction in schools so that they can be as academically and professionally successful as their native English-speaking peers.

Historically, immigrant children were often miscategorized as needing special education services, and as a result, the dropout rate among them became much higher than that of the general population. …


School District Stands Up AGAINST Testing

This blog was originally published on Finding Common Ground at Education Week by Peter DeWitt on April 11th, 2013 4:43 PM.

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The Saratoga Springs City School District in upstate, NY is a high performing school district that has an outstand…


Next Generation Science Standards Released

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a set of K-12 science education curriculum benchmarks, were released earlier this month, according to Education News. Although adoption of the NGSS by states is voluntary, its creators hope that it will help decrease “widespread scientific ignorance” and inspire more students to study science and technology in college.

In 2011, the National Research…


ADHD Diagnosis on the Rise in Students

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released data that suggests 11 percent of students are currently being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The New York Times reports that this diagnosis has increased dramatically over the last 10 years, and doctors are concerned that ADHD is being over-diagnosed, and that medication to treat the disorder is over-prescribed.

Of the 6.4 million students that have been diagnosed with ADHD at some po…

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