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Curriculum Spotlight – Marina Hydeman 

Greetings from the curriculum department! This week I (Ryan Kochevar) sat down with Marina Hydeman to talk all things curriculum.   RK: Marina is our nature and science programs writer for our EDMO and PRO curriculum, that’s for campers in 1st through 8th grades. She’s here with me today to answer some questions I have.  MH: Looking forward to it!   RK: So, first question, how long have you …

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Becoming an Expert

10,000 hours.  This is the approximate amount of time of deliberate practice necessary to attain world class expertise in a field according to the study by K. Anders Ericsson, Ralf Th. Krampe, and Clemens Tesch-Romer.  When psychologists refer to deliberate practice, it means doing so in a way that pushes one’s skill set as much as possible. This “10,000 hour …

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Navigating the News

It’s hard not to hear what is happening in Washington and in the political world right now. Even if you’re trying to decompress and watch The Ellen Show or The View, coverage is interrupted by the latest in the news and updates on the Senate Hearings and other national world events. With TV or Radio on, even as background, and …

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Recognizing Character

Today is Character Day, a global initiative where a myriad of schools, organizations and families view films and printed materials and have the opportunity to join an online conversation about the importance of building character. Character Day is the brainchild of Tiffany Shlain, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. Her website, Let it Ripple, as the site states …

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Makers: Why does my kid keep raiding the recycling bin?

Better than LEGOs, MindCraft and even YouTube, raiding the recycling bin is my son’s favorite past-time. Starting with a supply of duct tape, and as he’s gotten older a glue-gun, batteries, LEDs, wires, wheels, a small tool kit, and a few motors re-purposed from RC cars of the past, he can occupy himself for hours. I’m sorry to admit that …

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Makers: What’s the Connection to Education?

Real scientists and engineers tinker to learn and work out designs, usually in a constant iteration of make, test, adjust, repeat. Similarly, Maker education provides students with real-world problems, physical materials, tools to work out solutions, and encouragement for peer collaboration. Giving students license to solve problems their own way and learn by doing in a social environment has been …

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