Making Curriculum Pop

April 2011 Blog Posts (6)

What educators can learn from comedians

School technology-integration specialist Andrew Marcinek draws parallels in this blog post between creating an entertaining comedy act and innovating in the classroom. From the process of developing a new idea to use with students to honing and updating one's classroom performance, Marcinek encourages… Continue

Added by Frank W. Baker on April 29, 2011 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Talk on "Child in Film"


Films with children as educational tool?


The Film & Education Research Academy at Teachers College announces

a special presentation by

Prof. Ulf Abraham

University of Bamberg, Germany

Dr. Petra Anders, Respondent

University of Bremen, Germany

In movies, children have stopped depending on adults and begun to explore their own possibilities and to struggle for their identity, self-esteem and morality.

Ulf Abraham…


Added by Petra Anders on April 20, 2011 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Professional Learning Networks: Research Results

Hi All!

Thanks again to all those who participated in my survey last semester! It gave me great practice in the research field, get a project done for class, and most of all it has given us a snapshot of the membership at MCPop. I am attaching my PP presentation.  I don't want to bore you with the paper itself :-).  If you are interested in more info, just let me know and I will get it to you.…


Added by Stephanie Young on April 17, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

This will interest high school American History and Social Studies teachers - free text & resources to discuss 9/11

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 offers a time to reflect on whether America’s response to the terrorist attacks has challenged our nation’s commitment to its core values. High school students have grown up in the post-9/11 world and may be unaware of the challenges to civil liberties made in the name of national security. Yet they must understand these issues because the future of our democracy will be entrusted to them in due… Continue

Added by Meryl Zegarek on April 13, 2011 at 1:58pm — No Comments

3D figures with food


I am all about food when it comes to making the curriculum pop. For my 3rd grade 3D figure unit, I always use pretzel sticks and marshmallows and ask the students to build something. This year, I took their picture with the creation and then posed the question, how can you prove that this figure is 3D? The students had so much fun writing a proof and the other kids were challenging each other. It took this very common math activity to a whole new thinking level!

Having FUN…


Added by Kim Davis on April 11, 2011 at 7:54pm — 3 Comments

BOOK: Rethinking Popular Culture and Media

Rethinking Popular Culture and Media is a provocative collection of articles that begins with the idea that the “popular” in classrooms and in the everyday lives of teachers and students is fundamentally political. It features more than 45 articles, divided into 6…


Added by Frank W. Baker on April 1, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments


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