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Are there alien intelligences? How could we communicate with them? What about UFOs? The answers to these questions take us to Egypt to decode ancient hieroglyphics, to the largest radio telescope on Earth and, in the Spaceship of the Imagination, to visit other civilizations in space. Dr. Sagan answers questions such as: "What is the life span of a planetary civilization?" and "Will we one day hook up with a network of civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy?" For middle school and high school stu
How to Become a Personal Chef
Learn about the process of becoming a personal chef from an experienced chef. He explains that becoming a personal chef requires a good entrepreneurial sense to run the business, a good understanding of basic cooking techniques and loads of creativity.
Exploring Borderland-Unit 2
Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa tells us that the border is "una herida
abierta [an open wound] where the lifeblood of two worlds is merging to form a third country — a border culture." This program explores the literature of the Chicano borderlands and its beginnings in the
literature of Spanish colonization. Learning activities that go with this lesson can be found at: http://www.learner.org/amerpass/unit02/index.html
Regional Realism Depicting the Local in American Literature, 1865-1900-Unit 8
Set in the antebellum American South, but written after Emancipation,
Mark Twain's novel The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn remains a
classic of American Literature. This episode compares Twain's depiction of Southern vernacular culture to that of Charles Chestnutt and Kate Chopin, and in doing so, introduces the hallmarks of American Realism.
We learn how to foster and appreciate students' notations for their
richness and creativity, and we look at some of the possibilities that
early work on problems that engage students in creating notation
systems might open up for students as they move on toward algebra.
First-graders investigate number combinations by working with a window puzzle (a square divided into four equal squares). In this task
students explore both addition and subtraction employing physical
materials to aid in computation as well as using mental math. NCTM
standards: whole number computation, communication, reasoning.
This Small House
Second- and third-graders use calculators, paper and pencil, and mental math within a realistic task. Students plan the decorating of their milk carton houses using spatial sense to select appropriate
furnishings while staying within their allocated budget. NCTM
standards: whole number computation, geometry and spacial sense,
Choose a Method
A fourth-grade class shares their reasoning in evaluating the
appropriateness of different computational methods (base-ten blocks,
calculators, mental math, or paper and pencil) to specific problems.
NCTM standards: whole number computation, estimation, communication,
Using Resources Workshop 5
How can students use a variety of resources well? This session focuses on how to make the most of the resources that can be used in teaching social studies, from artifacts and primary sources to children’s literature and the Internet. An adaptable mini-lesson uses children’s literature to examine what constitutes a good citizen, resulting in a lively debate among the onscreen teachers.
Diversity in Texts Workshop 4
In this program, the teachers talk about the importance of choosing rich texts for their students as a group or individuals, enumerating various criteria that they have developed for this initial classroom decision. Supported by commentary from Dr. Judith Langer, the group looks at the part student interests play in selecting the right text, building thematic study units using a variety of texts, and helping students select texts that meet their needs or help them go further in their experiences
Student Diversity Workshop 5
The varied viewpoints necessary for valuable class discussions are
celebrated in this program. The group talks about the diversity of their students and how their interactions with literature are shaped in part by their life experiences, unique thoughts, and previous reading
experiences. They examine the worth of using the lens of multiple
perspectives to examine a work of literature, and offer suggestions for ways to encourage each student to contribute to the ongoing class
Assessment Workshop 7
In a classroom where students are actively engaged in literature, there is a need to find authentic assessment vehicles that measure their progress as readers and thinkers. In this program, teachers from around the country identify useful criteria that they have used in both formal and informal ongoing assessments. The group also talks about integrating their evaluation strategies in the milieu of traditional and high–stakes assessments, while maintaining an emphasis on the individual growth o
Planning and Professional Development Workshop 8
In order to grow in their careers, teachers need a great deal of
sustenance. In this program, the teachers talk about the ways in which they fulfill this need as they develop individually and as members of a professional community. The group invites us into their classrooms to look at the way they have grown professionally, stimulated by their peers, their membership in professional organizations, and their willingness to seek out new thinking on literature and teaching literature. Dr. La
Against All Odds-What Is Statistics? REM Sleep and Dreaming The Locus of Learning and Memory Arthur Benjamin Does "Mathemagic" In a lively show, mathematician and magician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive Solving Proportions Using Cross Multiplication Mental Health Education Testimony Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World - Christian Wolmar
What Is Statistics? Using historical anecdotes and contemporary applications, this introduction to the series explores the vital links between statistics and our everyday world. The program also covers the evolution of the discipline.'
This module probes deeper issues relating to sleep and dreaming. The uniquely individual experience of dreaming requires researchers to look beyond conventional methods of study. Dream specialist Dr. J. Allan Hobson discusses the function of dreams, explaining his theory of the biological mechanism behind the phenomenon and reflecting on the contribution of dreaming to h
In the history of psychology, the question of where learning and memory take place has occupied investigators for years. Recent work at the National Institute of Mental Health has brought scientists closer to resolving the issue. This module shows magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology being used to identify specific changes in the motor cortex of human subjects —
Instructor uses and electronic chalkboard to demonstrate how to solve proportions. Examples show how to solve using mental math and looking for a pattern with emphasis on using cross multiplication.
Mental Health Amendment
The legislature encourages districts to provide instruction in mental health for students in grades seven through twelve. Instruction should be aligned with local health and physical education standards and integrated into a districts existing programs, curriculum, or the general school environment. The commissioner of education, in consultation with mental health organizations shall provide assistance to districts including 1.Model learning activities in gra
Christian Wolmar is a British journalist, author, and railway historian, best known for his popular books and commentary on transport, especially on Britain’s railway network. Here he discusses his latest book 'Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World'.
REM Sleep and Dreaming
The Locus of Learning and Memory
Arthur Benjamin Does "Mathemagic" In a lively show, mathematician and magician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive
In a lively show, mathematician and magician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive
Solving Proportions Using Cross Multiplication
Mental Health Education Testimony
Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World - Christian Wolmar