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Taking the Common Core standards outside.

Pumpkin Planting Season is Underway

Pumpkin Planting Season is Underway

(Featured image from Raley’s) Jack o’lanterns might seem a world away from your summer barbecues, but pumpkin-planting season starts now. The stores will, of course, become full of pumpkins come Halloween, but people who want to grow their own need to get those seeds in the ground. Planting season is June 15 through July 4. […]

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Bringing Election Day into the Classroom

Bringing Election Day into the Classroom

Shortly before the California primaries, I found a Facebook thread where women were pondering what to do with the stacks of campaign mailers they had collected from the various races. One thought she might be able to use the heavy cardstock in her crafts. Another suggested origami. Origami? With that heavy paper? Perhaps she was […]

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Drought Tolerant Gardening with Green Acres

Drought Tolerant Gardening with Green Acres

About a week ago I turned the keys to the school garden into the front office staff so a couple of our more ardent school gardeners could come in over the summer and continue their work. While I’m on vacation from school gardening, I still can’t resist a good workshop on drip irrigation and native […]

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Collaborating with Cups

Collaborating with Cups

This colorful game may be a bit tougher than it seems. The goal is to stack the plastic cups into a pyramid without ever touching the cups. Students working in partners use “tools” – rubber bands with ribbons tied to them – instead of their hands. Pulling on the ribbons, partners work collaboratively to stretch […]

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2016-17: A Good Argument for Outdoor Education

2016-17: A Good Argument for Outdoor Education

  If ever there was an argument for outdoor education, it would have the be the years 2016-17. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is under fire with talk of abolishing the regulator altogether. Earlier this year, the federal government imposed a temporary media blackout of the EPA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human […]

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Lunar Ranger Latest Resume Addition

Lunar Ranger Latest Resume Addition

  Lunar ranger could be the latest addition to my resume. My daughter, Teresa, and I recently received a package from Craters of the Moon, the national monument and preserve 18 miles west of Arco, Idaho. In addition to a kind letter from Ranger Julia on U.S. Department of the Interior letterhead, we received patches, […]

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John Lennon Bus Takes Music On Tour

John Lennon Bus Takes Music On Tour

  Imagine all the people, sharing all the world… Thanks to a few teachers and an administrator at my high school, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus stopped by our campus earlier this month, and I’ve gotta say: It was amazing! The bus parked on our blacktop behind the school and remained past school hours, […]

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Musings About Nature

Musings About Nature

  Here’s a little something written by my cousin, Jacob Tutty, who spends much of his time in nature. The grass is always greener on the other side, But I’m walking in the sand along the shores And I can afford this love I adore Send me out amongst the waves.

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