• Dear Teacher - Mar 6, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Both my third-grader and my ninth-grader will take the ACT Aspire assessment test this spring. I can’t understand how both can take ACT tests. I thought that the ACT was a college admission test. Please explain exactly what this test is. How will the scores be used? — Bewildered

  • Students create multisensory interactive exhibit for a poem

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    All people including ones with disabilities can more fully experience the power of a poem, thanks to a multisensory interactive exhibit Highlands University media arts students are creating.

    The students’ exhibit engages the senses through elements like braille beads, an audio recording, orange peels and junipers, sign language, a film and heart-shaped ocean rocks.

  • School gives high-focus time to kids

    By Kim Kilbride
    South Bend Tribune

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.  — Using a projector and whiteboard, Jackie Williams writes — while verbally ticking off — the morning’s agenda for her students.

    “Let’s go over our priority list. If you have not yet finished that math online pretest, get that done first. After that, go into ‘Spelling City.’ If you have the option to do a vocabulary practice test, you should do that, too.”

    Questions before you work?” she asks her third- and fourth-graders.

  • Students of the month - Mar 2, 2016
  • Stellar performances
  • Dear Teacher - Feb. 28, 2015

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I’ll admit to handing my iPhone over to my 4-year-old when we are waiting in a doctor’s office or an older child is playing soccer. He won’t read a book or color for that amount of time, but he will stay completely entranced with an app game. What are some of the criteria that I should follow to find an app that is safe for him to use and might even have some educational merit? — App Lover

  • Students of the month - Feb. 21, 2016
  • High school senior thrives in orchestra, cross country

    By Christopher Heimerman
    Sauk Valley Media

    STERLING, Ill. — Little did Cody Lund know that the proverbial intersection he reached in the summer of 2009 was along a road leading to a deeper understanding and love of life.

    Entering his sixth-grade year at Challand Middle School, his orchestra teacher, Barb Lauff, persuaded him to run the Music in Motion 5K, at which he was slated to play violin.

    It led him to cross country, one of his greatest passions and one that perfectly complements another: music.

  • Dear Teacher - Feb. 21, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: My children never seem to move without a cellphone in hand. I think this is excessive. How much time are kids really spending on their electronic devices? Can excessive use damage their eyes? — Worried

  • Dear Teacher - Feb. 14, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Has the importance of legible handwriting diminished since keyboarding has become so popular? Are there any real benefits to having good handwriting? I have always had what others consider to be very attractive writing. What will happen in the future? Will no one write by hand? — For Legibility