Regardless of how you believe humanity began years ago, I think we can all agree that man was much more primitive before than he is now. What was life like many years ago? There are scientists and archaeologists who speculate about what life was like but we don’t truly know because we weren’t there. My question is, how did humans learn many years ago? I propose that education during ancient times looked a lot like play. In an article posted on Psychology Today, an educational researcher at Boston College, Peter Gray, Ph.D. (2008) said, “Anthropologists have reported that the hunter-gatherer groups they studied did not distinguish between work and play…essentially all of life was understood as play.”Read More
Raise your hand if you and your children are irritated about summer reading…you are not alone! One of my least favorite end-of-the-year rituals in high school is the annual signing of the roster as evidence that each child received his summer reading instructions.Read More
The representation of women in the male-dominated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields has been a topic of discussion over the last several years in education, business, and government. The statistics are alarming with women making up only 25 percent of computing-related occupations. The numbers are even more concerning when it comes to the representation of women of color (5% – Asian, 3% – Black/African American, 1% Latina/Hispanic), according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), 2016 Women in Tech Report.Read More
When it comes to choosing the educational path for their children, Georgia families have many options. While most people are familiar with the traditional brick and mortar public school, not all families find this a good fit. Thankfully, with just a little research and maybe some trial and error, they can find an alternative that works both for the family and the student.Read More
Children are amazing. They are energetic, eager to learn, and creative. Teaching these unique individuals can be a fun and rewarding experience that cannot be compared in value to any other profession. Speaking of these precious gems, children are uniquely created. They vary in shades, personalities, and even in disabilities.Read More
In our hands, throughout the day we have devices that will give us any bit of information we desire at any given moment. Did my team win the game? What type of smoothie will help me lose weight? What is the name of the female Smurf? Literally, you can find out anything with a click of a mouse. Now we can even ask “Alexa.” Is it possible that with all this information we have lost some, or maybe most, of our awareness?Read More
Edutainment is a nonsensical word often used by teachers to emphasize that entertainment should be educational and education should be entertaining. Children today seem to bore quite easily. They love to use that phrase to describe a lack of interest or desire in a particular task. Parents and teachers have begun to use devices as a primary source of entertainment for children. Tablets, IPads, cell phones, E-Readers, and other electronic devices are exposed to children as soon as they develop an interest. Children, as young as six months old, are often able to navigate technological devices, including unlocking and accessing apps. While experts may differ in opinion that exposure to hours of device usage is harmful, I argue that what they are exposed to on the device is more crucial than exposure to the device itself.Read More
It was a celebration of the arts and an outpouring of community spirit at the 7th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner fundraiser and Canned Food Drive at Gen. Ray Davis Middle School February 15, 2018. Participating families raised $1,000 and donated many boxes of non-perishable foods for the Rockdale Emergency Relief food pantry.Read More
They say “everyone has a book inside of them,” but I never thought that was me until the day I started to write. It’s not that I believe my story is a remarkable page-turner; instead, I think it’s the opposite – very common.Read More
Fairview Elementary School media specialist Jennifer Cole is Newton County School System’s (NCSS) 2018 Media Specialist of the Year. The Library Media Specialist of the Year Award recognizes individual excellence in the library media field through service to students, teachers, and the community at the K-12 levels. Cole will now represent Newton County Schools in the South Metro District Library Media Specialist of the Year competition, part of the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year program.Read More
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Wednesday 07/18 20%
Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High around 90F. Winds light and variable.
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