Pixar & Khan Academy Offer a Free Online Course on Storytelling

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It doesn’t take much to spark a good story.

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Listen to a Marathon Reading of Elie Wiesel’s Night

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A couple of weeks ago on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a diverse group gathered for a marathon reading of Night, Nobel Prize winner, Elie Wiesel’s memoir of his youthful experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

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Why We Love Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”: An Animated Music Lesson

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Remember listening to Peter and the Wolf as a child, how the narrator would explain that certain instruments correspond to particular characters:  the duck – an oboe, the wolf – three horns, and so on?
In the above TED-Ed lesson (memorably animated by Compote Collective), music historian Betsy Schwarm fulfills much the same role f

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Albert Camus’ Touching Thank You Letter to His Elementary School Teacher

≡ Category: English Language, K-12, Letters, Life, Literature |7 Comments

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It’s never too late to thank the teacher who changed your life.
Oprah Winfrey fell to pieces when she was reunited on air with Mrs. Duncan, her fourth grade teacher, her “first liberator” and “validator.

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Meditation is Replacing Detention in Baltimore’s Public Schools, and the Students Are Thriving

≡ Category: Education, Health, K-12 |3 Comments

By now, most people are familiar with the term “school-to-prison pipeline,” the description of a system that funnels troubled students through disciplinary program after program.

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Horror Legend Boris Karloff Reads Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

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Premiering in 1966, the How the Grinch Stole Christmas TV special is a perfect (snow?) storm of creative folks working at the top of their game, with Theodor Geisel aka Dr.

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Sal Khan & the Muppets’ Grover Explain the Electoral College

≡ Category: Current Affairs, K-12, Politics |2 Comments

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Grover, the more intellectually-aspirant of Sesame Street’s two blue monsters, is a self-appointed expert on anatomy (“the head is covered with this long stringy stuff”), hygiene, and Spanish, but the workings of the United States Electoral College eluded him, until Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy wandered into the frame.

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How to Raise Creative Children Who Can Change the World: 3 Lessons from Wharton Professor Adam Grant

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Adam Grant, a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has been “recognized as Wharton’s top-rated teacher for five straight years, and as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers.

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Periodic Table Battleship!: A Fun Way To Learn the Elements

≡ Category: Creativity, Games, K-12, Science |1 Comment

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Nitrogen.
Phosphorous.
Arsenic.
Aw, you sunk my battleship!
Milton Bradley’s classic board game, Battleship, can now be added to the roster of fun, creative ways to commit the Periodic Table of Elements to memory.
Karyn Tripp, a homeschooling mother of four, was inspired by her eldest’s love of science to create Periodic Table Battleship.

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When L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz Series Was Banned for “Depicting Women in Strong Leadership Roles” (1928)

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We’ve reached the final stretch of the most infuriating, unsettling election I’ve ever experienced. And we find the U.S. so polarized  that—as The Wall Street Journal chillingly demonstrates in their “Blue Feed Red Feed” feature—the left and right seem to live in two entirely different realities.

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