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Math: Celebrating Pi Day – March 14
From John Norton’s MiddleWeb Exploring Middle School Reform newsletter Back in the 1980s, the San Francisco Exploratorium unilaterally declared a new international math holiday -- Pi Day -- which of course occurs on March 14 (3.14, also Einstein's birthday!). This link leads to a Pi Day support page at the Exploratorium website where you'll find a "short history" of Pi, Pi Day activities, Pi limericks, posters and haiku, and offsite links to other Pi resources. If you are a true math geek, go to this page and watch last year's two-hour long Pi Day 20th Anniversary webcast, complete with a pie-throwing contest and events in Second Life.
For years, fourth grade teacher Katherine Ciriello struggled to find useful resources to help teach the pillars of good character. So, she decided to write her own book about being responsible, one that would appeal to elementary school students. Lucy Goosey was born, based upon areas in which Katherine has seen her own students struggle.
Throughout the book, Lucy Goosey falls short of taking responsibility for her school assignments and home duties, including waking up the first time she is told, writing her assignments down, and not blaming others for what she did wrong. Due to her lack of responsibility, Lucy is forced to miss her championship soccer game. When Lucy learns the importance of taking responsibility for herself, she finds that her life is much easier and others respect her more.
Katherine’s father Michael Ciriello who lives in Katherine’s home state, Connecticut, is the book’s illustrator. Katherine now lives in St. Johns Couty, Florida where she is a soccer coach for the Ponte Vedra Soccer Club. She lives with her husband, Trey, two stepchildren, and dog, Ruby.
Rob Plevin, a retired Deputy Head of a school for children with severe behavior problems, shares his secrets, tips, tricks, and strategies for improving student behavior in his ebook, Magic Classroom Management. Rob says his ebook is a practical, easy-to-implement guide that will help teachers learn how to effectively manage a classroom and maximize student learning, addressing issues such as motivation, swearing, listening skills, diffusing major crises and confrontations, and more.
Magic Classroom Management is available for free download (after registration).