It's December again. The holidays are almost here with a new year just around the corner. We hear it or say it ourselves, “Where has the the time gone?”Since this is my final education-related column (well, most likely …) for the Daily News, a look back feels appropriate. Here are some changes for the better, for students and educators, during my 40-plus year career:In the elementary schools, subject specialists teach art, music and phy ed.
“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” − Rachel CarsonThis quote by the respected naturalist, conservationist, and author has as much, if not more, wisdom as when it was written in the 1950’s.Carson’s quote is a likely philosophy for the growing interest internationally for outdoor learning.
Happy new year! No, this isn't an early wish for January 2018; it's for the new school year!Millions of students, parents and caregivers are preparing for a new year of growth and learning and hoping it will be the best yet.Here then, are some tips to help make that a reality:
Stay organized by using a shared family calendar with everyone's assignments, practices and appointments in one place.
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Selecting a term
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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