Now retired, Cheryl Wendling was an award-winning high school science teacher, with a career spanning more than a quarter of a century. Her students ranged from those with Special Needs, to Advanced Placement students, and everything in between. During that time, she also wrote curricular materials for NASA and presented science workshops at local, state, national, and international levels. Upon leaving public education, she was a high school science editor for a major textbook publisher and currently works as a freelance science illustrator
My mother says that I began reading overnight. One day, she recounts, I was begging her to read me Hop on Pop on repeat, a wish that she refused out of sheer exhaustion of the book’s lacking plotline. The next day, she found me alone in my room, reading Hop on Pop aloud to myself. At first she thought I had memorized the book – how hard could it be? But when she put a different, less well-loved story in front of me I could read that too. When presented with the options of either going without the story or figuring it out myself, reading all of a sudden came quickly and naturally to me.
Hello puzzle lovers! This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers!
Dr. Carol Tang is the Executive Director of the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Afterschool Association, the How Kids Learn Foundation, and Artists United as well as a reviewer for the academic journal, Afterschool Matters. She previously was employed as the team lead for out-of-school time grant making portfolio at the S.D. Becthel, Jr. Foundation, the director of the Coalition for Science After School, and head of exhibitions and public programs at the California Academy of Sciences. Carol has a Ph.D. in paleontology and is the author of the Jurassic articles in the Encylopaedia Britanica Online. You can reach her on Twitter at @CarolTang1.
Education methods have always aimed to ensure future generations are fully prepared to contribute to the working force as adults. But what about preparing children to also function as social members of society? More recent approaches to education are now focusing on developing wholesome, happy children with the ability to develop healthy relationships and persevere through the trails of life.