Twenty-First Century Skills, Common Core, and Sports: The Connections

Jeffrey Pflaum, blogger on BAM, is also hosting CREATIVELY SPEAKING on the network’s new show, PULSE (category: “Classroom Innovation”).  Please check out the 12-minute podcasts on creativity, creative- and critical thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more.   Twenty-First Century Skills, Common Core, and Sports: The Connections For thirty-four years I taught prerequisite fundamental skills (Twenty-First […]

Twenty-First Century Skills, Common Core, and Sports: The Connections

Twenty-First Century Skills, Common Core, and Sports: The Connections For thirty-four years I taught prerequisite fundamental skills (Twenty-First Century skills) for learning and learning how to learn—creative and critical thinking, brainstorming, reflection, visualization, concentration, contemplation, and emotional intelligence—to mostly Hispanic and African-American kids using my original curricula.  As a basketball coach, tennis instructor, physical education […]

Education Technology – The Learning Paradox

Recent evidence indicates that electromagnetic radiation emitted from electrical devices such as computers, wireless internet, and cell phones is hazardous to human mental and physical health. As children’s bodies undergo rapid rates of development, their risk of harm is great.  Without knowledge or guidelines for long term student safety, elementary schools have invested heavily in […]

What Should You Expect of Younger Keyboarders?

  Before I answer that question, let’s back up a step and answer a more fundamental question: Should you expect youngers to keyboard? I’m talking about students between kindergarten and fifth grade. Are they mature enough? Do they have the fine motor skills required to use the pinkie to push the A key? Do they […]

Connected Children

In this day and age, when you hear the word “connected” or think about “being connected,” you more than likely think about being connected online or to some kind of multi-media device. But if you are like me (a true technophobe—it stressed me out to create this blog), you will be relieved to know that […]

Is Teaching Keyboarding to Kindergartners Developmentally Appropriate?

Many argue that teaching penmanship is a thing of the past, but at what age should children be taught to use a computer keyboard? Some are starting as early as kindergarten, but is it developmentally appropriate?  We turn to a panel of experts for guidance on when to start teaching children to hunt and peck […]

Victims of Excellence: Teaching Children to Learn from Mistakes, Parents to Allow Them

  Learning from mistakes is one of those notions that is easier said than done.  In fact, the way teachers and parents react when children make mistakes says volumes to young children and can impact them for the rest of their lives. Our guests share insights on encouraging a willingness to make mistakes and to […]

Helping Parents Develop Appropriate Expectations for Their Children

    These days many parents want their children to have “advanced” academic skills. Too often these expectations are developmentally inappropriate. In this segment our guests provide guidance to teachers on how to manage inappropriate expectations from parents.       Here are a few of their suggestions:   Get parents more involved in the […]

Teaching Kids to Think Critically in the Age of Accountability

Many believe that we are seeing a critical absence among students of the ability to think critically. Some blame it on the emphasis on standardized testing; others see it as a weakness in critical-thinking skills even among adults. Our guests offer tips on how to work critical thinking into our teaching as early as possible. […]

Fitting Fitness into the Curriculum

Experts and advocates recommend at least 1 to 2 hours a day of physical activity for children. But how do you fit it into your daily program, when there’s  so much else for you to do? And what kind of physical activity should it be? Tune in; our experts have the answers.       […]