As any teacher or parent of an emerging reader will tell you, there are certain key words that children must learn in order to become fluent readers. These words, called Sight Words, are words like “of” and “the” that appear frequently and are often not spelled phonetically. Children must learn to recognize and read these [...]
Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling waaaaay up north to be part of the very first TEDxEdmonton Education conference! In the TED spirit of ideas worth spreading, this conference focused around a conversation on how learning is evolving and impacting our schools, workplaces and industries.
This fantastic event featured speakers directly from the education world and individuals doing [...]
The following guest post is shared by Allyson Zanetti, a biology teacher for at-risk students in a high school outside Detroit… the way she has taken Zingo!, a game originally designed for preschoolers, and transformed it into a tool to teach the principles of genetics is incredible!
Genetics with a Zing!
Teaching at-risk high school students can be [...]
Last year, I introduced the amazing inventors of Swish in this post. Zvi and Gali both continue to teach in Israel, and Gali Shimoni recently shared this fantastic story of their experience using Swish at a local summer camp!
I have a very good friend that every summer runs 2 camps for excellent students (each camp is [...]
The following post is shared by Malia, a former teacher and founder of the early literacy company Playdough to Plato! Malia reached out to ThinkFun after finding our games to be fantastic language tools, and she was eager to share them with her readers! In this post she shares her experience with Zingo! and What’s [...]
The following post is shared by Tracy E., a homeschooling mother of 4 and former classroom teacher. For years Tracy has used ThinkFun games both in the classroom and with her own children, and here she shares her favorites – and the benefits she’s observed!
I discovered ThinkFun games years ago when I first became a classroom teacher. [...]
Who knew 5 ilttle dice could bring math to life – and make it so fun?! I love this story shared by Christan Martin, a Gifted Teacher at Colonial Heights Middle School in Virginia!
Enter Room 121. Students are seated at desks facing the chalkboard. The teacher stands at the front of the room working math problems. [...]
The following guest post is shared by Sanjli Gidwaney, the Country Coordinator for the incredible Design for Change USA organization! Sanjli first introduced readers to DFC in this 2010 guest post, and the organization continues to do incredible things to inspire creative social change – ThinkFun is thrilled to support them!
Children are not passive recipients of [...]
This story is shared by Lori Mullarkey, an incredible 7th Grade Math Teacher in Nebraska City!
Because so many students feel defeated before even giving math a chance in 7th grade, my classroom philosophy is to encourage students to like math more at the end of the year than at the beginning. I have found that doing [...]
This week I was invited to the grand opening of a very exciting new local entertainment spot. This innovative new arcade featured dozens of never-before-imagined challenges and flashy prizes…. the best part?! It is made entirely of CARDBOARD!
Inspired by the story of 9 year old Caine Monroy and his cardboard arcade, students at Arcola Elementary created [...]