Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In the throes of Banned Books Week

We thought we'd remind everyone about the ALA's Banned Books Week (going on now at a library near you) by directing you to three articles we found thought-provoking.

From the left: here

From the right: right

And as close to the middle as we could find: centrist!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Take a hike!

We are enjoying a wonderful day here at Teacher's Brunch HQ in sun-splashed Auburn Hills, MI. The new volleyball net is on the grass, the hamburgers were fresh off the grill (Thanks, Nina!), and the Bee Gees are falsetto-ing their way through "Night Fever" on the boom box resting on the window ledge.

We found this post within the blogs of Edutopia that might inspire you to take advantage of whatever nice weather you might have left before the pumpkins are on the stoop. (Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

A great literature connection might be the wonderful Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

People who LOVE literature

While trolling the depths of the interwebs for something of interest, we found this site, dedicated to literary tattoos, that might appeal to all you Bohemian teachers out there.

This one was a favorite, because that Atticus Finch knew what was what.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Be Dangerous: Read a book for Banned Books Week

Just a reminder, intrepid readers, from your always-happy-to-stir-things-up friends at Teacher's Brunch HQ in rainy days Auburn Hills, MI: September 26 - October 3 marks the American Library Association's annual observance of Banned Books Week.

Feel free to post your thoughts on BBW--how you celebrate, if you celebrate, and what you think we can do to highlight those great literary works that appear on the fringes. Maybe you have a banned book horror story you'd like to share, so we can commiserate.

Teacher's Discovery, in addition to selling a lot of the books that pop up on these banned lists from time to time, has a few banned book-specific items you might find helpful as you fight the good fight.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pitch the Rock! Rocks and Minerals Baseball Takes the Field

Hello, everyone, from Teacher's Brunch HQ in suddenly-summer Auburn Hills, MI. We've all got sports fever around here now that our Teacher's Discovery Fantasy Football league is up and running (thanks, Adrian Peterson), and our hometown Detroit Tigers are in the pennant race.

Coincidentally, we've just released Rocks and Minerals Baseball, the latest installment in our series of games made for interactive whiteboards. Science teachers across the country will find the game in the catalog they should be receiving within the next day or two.

Give the game a try-out.

You can download a sample here for PC users, and Justin Long-ophiles can get their Mac fix here.

And to put you in the mood to root for your team. . . .

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11

Today we pause to remember the men and women eight years ago who--faced with fire, smoke, and broken glass--helped strangers in darkened corridors go down the stairs, so they themselves could go up.

We also pause to remember the men and women eight years ago on a plane in Pennsylvania airspace who made the decision to not allow themselves to be used as a weapon, and those in the wreckage of the Pentagon completing a myriad of duties until hate fell from the sky.

And we salute the teachers who eight years ago struggled to explain to their students the images of falling towers and pierced buildings, and the teachers who today work to ensure our students are never faced by similar images again.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Blood, Sweat, and Tears! Our new forensics game is sure to be a hit

Gribbly bits of bone and blood are sure to please budding forensic scientists in your class.

Students answer questions covering biology, evidence gathering, psychology, and physics as they make their way around the crime scene.

Not for the faint of heart, but perfectly fine for high school students who are ready to learn about the practical, real-world applications of science.

Find out more about it here.