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It’s the Authentic Experience in all academic disciplines that truly make a difference in what a child will not only learn, but internalize and use.  Exposure in isolation does not have the same impact as the Authentic Experience.  Drilling for hours doesn’t come close to the impact of even a quick but Authentic hit.
Most teachers and parents are extremely busy and may overlook the quick and easy Authentic Experience for children.  One of the main focuses of this blog is a reminder about all of those wonderful Authentic Teaching moments out there.  Sometimes I’ll go into detail if I think the details are important, but usually I’ll try to just put out a quick note about anything that strikes me as a great Authentic Learning moment for kids.
My other focus will be Authentic Project Ideas and Resources for teachers.  Again, I will go into detail when the details are important, but often I’ll just relay ideas that come to me, or that I come across.

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Authentic Project Idea – Making Snow

A picture is worth a thousand words.  I can think of so many different authentic projects that this picture might inspire!  Why would someone want to make snow?  What would you do with man-made snow?  How do you make snow? What do you need to make snow?  What is the chemical composition of man-made snow … Continue reading Authentic Project Idea – Making Snow

Authentic Project Idea – Solutions for Traffic Gridlock

I just returned from a trip out to Los Angeles.  While there I took this picture of the city from one of the highways.  When I looked at the picture later, I was shocked that I managed to capture an LA highway with only two cars on it.  We were totally surrounded by traffic, so … Continue reading Authentic Project Idea – Solutions for Traffic Gridlock

Authentic Project Idea – The Polar Vortex

We are currently experiencing some of the coldest weather that I can ever remember.  Our high today was 9 degrees Fahrenheit/-12 degrees Celsius.  The meteorologists on The Weather Channel blamed a polar vortex.  What is a polar vortex?  What causes a polar vortex?  Can you draw a polar vortex?  Make a model?  Does a polar … Continue reading Authentic Project Idea – The Polar Vortex

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