Not Your Average Reading Log

Did you know kids can lose a month or more of reading skills over the summer? And not only reading abilities suffer. Spelling skills take an even harder hit. To keep your child reading this summer, try our...

Avoiding Student Burnout

Burnout is a psychological term that refers to mental, emotional, and/or physical exhaustion in combination with doubt about one’s abilities and frustration with the situation. It is often associated with...

Best TED Ed Lessons of 2014

In the past few months, I’ve selected my favorites among thousands of TED Ed lessons; everything from how elephants never forget to why the same food costs different amounts around the world. So they are...

How Plants Survive Winter

There were a couple of reasons that I got a doctorate degree in botany. Most importantly I could study plants in the nice part of the day and sleep in all morning. If you are interested in salamanders or...

How Animals Survive Winter

I am writing this blog in my studio here in the Taconic Hills of upstate New York. Old Man Winter (perhaps Old Person Winter is more appropriate) has reared his (or her) frigid head. I’ve got my shovels...