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Tracy Son Advances Science Education with NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 11, 2017, 05:06 pm   

Congratulations to Ms. Tracy Son, sixth grade teacher at Lowell Scott Middle School in the West Ada School District in Idaho,.  Ms. Son was awarded a $500 NWPE classroom grant to purchase resources to help her teach Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) related to Earth Science.  She notes that, “Students in sixth grade are very visual and hands-on. Adding to my classroom resources will aid in the visual and hands-on learning of my students while reinforcing the 3-D teaching methods of NGSS.”

Weekly News Round-Up for December 8th
posted by: Melissa | December 08, 2017, 01:32 pm   

Each week, NWPE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, we cover yet another school shooting, plus other news.

It’s Not Too Early to Think About Your Job Search
posted by: Melissa | December 07, 2017, 04:02 pm   

During this season, where a teacher will be working in the next academic year may be the last thing on their mind, however, this is the time of year where teachers who will be changing jobs need to start planning. It is in this winter season that schools and districts begin to assess their needs, plan their recruiting efforts, and post the first jobs for the upcoming school year.

Bob McMichael Awarded NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 05, 2017, 03:15 pm   

Congratulations to Mr. Robert McMichael, NWPE member and high school teacher in Cambridge, Idaho, who has been awarded a $500 classroom grant to help cover the costs of printing the third book researched and written by students.  McMichael’s students’ first book was a general look at the history and culture of their unique valley in rural Idaho. The second was an oral history of "old-timers" from their area. The book that students are now working on will be a detailed explanation of agriculture in the Salubria Valley. In it, his 9th & 10th grade students will explain the “how and why of agriculture in the valley so that outsiders can better understand what makes small rural communities like theirs tick.”

Games for the Secondary English/Language Arts Classroom
posted by: Melissa | December 05, 2017, 02:11 pm   

The power of game-based learning is widely acknowledged in education. Games not only have the ability to engage students, but they often involve more complex thinking skills. However, some classes are easier than others to incorporate games into. Elementary and math classes lend themselves to competitive games that test recall or the ability to quickly answer problems, while history and social studies classes can incorporate simulations and more complex games easily. Simple online games are a treasure trove for math, vocabulary, and beginning grammar.

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