NC Ready to Replace ABC Testing

In North Carolina a curriculum overhaul is replacing ABC testing (in place since the 1990’s). The new standards and assessments will of course align with Common Core but will focus on four “pillars to education:” “Great Teachers and Leaders,” “Quality Standards and Assess-ments,” The New Accountability Model,” and “Data Systems to Improve Instruction,” allowing teachers time to focus on […]

Connected Educator Month

Learn about the importance and benefits of Collaborative Learning. Just last year Powerful Learning Practice partnered with the Department of Education to create a a celebration of online communities of practice and networks in education. Why not use Field Trip Factory Friends as a similar type resource?!?    

Teachers model off their real-world approaches to teaching

As more teachers are modeling off real-world approaches to teaching, it would seem that now more than ever would be the right time to schedule a Design Your World experience. During this trip, comprised of individual labs, students see first hand how the lessons they’re learning apply to real-world careers. See what the benefits to […]

Wellness Spot — February 2013

Each month Cindy Silver, a Registered Dietitian, gives us a great tips to stay healthy. Read on to find out about some fun activities, recipes and other facts to keep you and your family healthy all year long! It’s February So Think ‘Heart-Healthy’! This month may bring some cold or snowy weather, depending where you […]

The Wellness Spot — January 2013

Each month Cindy Silver, a Registered Dietitian, gives us a great tips to stay healthy. Read on to find out about some fun activities, recipes and other facts to keep you and your family healthy all year long! It’s a New Year! So, Time for a Fresh Start! I get excited every year when New […]

The Changing of the Seasons

Many people love winter—the snow, the holidays, the opportunity to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book—but there’s a lot more to winter than weather and fun parties. For instance, did you know that there are areas of Alaska, Canada, Finland, Norway and Iceland there are summer days where the sun […]

Fun Holiday Crafts for Kids

Article by: Sarah Danielson for OurKids.net, Canada’s trusted source for camps and schools. The holidays are a time for families to gather around the hearth – which is a nice way of saying the kids are home from school for a few weeks and will likely be underfoot and seeking entertainment at a time when […]

The Wellness Spot — December 2012

Each month Cindy Silver, a Registered Dietitian, gives us a great tips to stay healthy. Read on to find out about some fun activities, recipes and other facts to keep you and your family healthy all year long! It’s Holiday Time! I have always enjoyed the colorful excitement of December holidays and not so much […]

Real Costs of Private School

Article by: Carly Maga for OurKids.net, Canada’s trusted source for camps and schools. A typical morning at a private school looks something like this: kids stroll in with crisp khakis and designer blouses and wave goodbye to their chauffeurs and nannies and parents, who quickly drive off to their six-figure jobs in a new Mercedes. […]

Please and Thank You—Etiquette in the Classroom

Etiquette is just a fancy (and difficult to spell) word that essentially means “polite habits.” Some adults have good etiquette, but others aren’t quite as polite. Children, on the other hand, are like a fresh chalkboard–they have few habits, good or bad. As educators, parents, and caregivers, you are in a unique position to help […]