Monthly Archives: May 2012

Teaching the 2012 Olympics

The countdown has begun for the London 2012 Olympics, and Pencil Street has great Olympic teaching ideas for teachers who can help spread the excitement for this year’s games. Teach students about how their bodies work during sports, movement and rest. Or cover the history of the Olympics, exploring the rivalry between the Spartans and Athenians.

Students can also learn about the meaning behind the Olympic rings, as well as some of the famous London landmarks the world will see during the media coverage of the games.

Beyond history, students may also look at health risks associated with mass sport events like the Olympics, as well as the carefully planned security measures taken for the event, and for the torch-bearers carrying the Olympic flame.

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The Importance of Good Teaching Resources for Building Better Minds

A Happy Class

Anyone who says that teaching is easy has clearly never stood in front of a classroom and attempted to educate a room full of six-year-olds. The amount of patience, concentration, organization, and passion necessary to work as an effective educator is incredibly large. Not every school or institute understands this, however, and every teacher has found themselves “flying without a net” in at least one teaching position during their professional education careers.


Having access to good teaching resources is incredibly vital to classroom success. The right tools, be they primary teaching resources or science teaching resources, are wholly necessary in order to ensure that students learn and grow. Education is more than just cramming students full of facts so that they can pass a test. Education is also about developing a whole, thinking person. The kind of education that truly builds a better person requires dedicated faculty and tools that exercise the mind. The combination is nearly unstoppable.

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