The Order of the Trees is a Green Earth Book Award Honor Book!

2016-green-earth-book-award-honor-winners-for-web-768x403We are pleased to announce that The Order of the Trees won the Green Earth Book Award honor prize for Children’s Fiction 2015! The Nature Generation awards books that promote environmental stewardship among young people.  The Green Earth Book awards are awarded in picture book, children’s fiction and non-fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction categories.

I’m honored to be included on this list. We’ll be heading to Washington D.C. in October for the Read Green Festival and award ceremony and we will be thrilled to meet other authors,  environmentalists and readers!

2016 Green Earth Book Awards Shortlist!

green earth book award 2016I’m super excited that The Order of the Trees is on the Nature Generation’s Green Earth Book Awards shortlist!  I’m thrilled to see Vermont based publisher Green Writers Press on this list with the major New York publishers. It is an honor to be included in this collection which features books that have a strong environmental stewardship message.

The winner and honor books will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd 2016. Stay tuned!

 

Maker Friday (math in motion)

maker friday 1Middle school students sometimes come to math class with dread. They think of it as endless worksheets, seat time, and assessments. For many students, the work is hard. They don’t see themselves as math people. One way to reverse this trend is to infuse math learning with inspiration and innovation, with a healthy dose of growth mindset. 

While teachers and districts have specific goals of math instruction and these are important, so is engaging, hands on, applied mathematics that can turn around negative math thinking and provide developmentally appropriate learning environments for early adolescents.

One way to do this is Maker Fridays.

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