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In honor of Wonder Con starting tomorrow at the Anaheim Convention Center, I wanted to highlight Star Wars in the Classroom, “a website for educators and fans alike that provides resources for transdisciplinary teaching and learning with the Star Wars saga. For nearly thirty years, our team has been integrating the Star Wars saga into history, English/Language Arts, and science classes at the middle school and high school levels. From studies in mythology, history, philosophy and the arts, to hands-on experiments in physics and engineering, we spark learning and the imagination by providing engaging and relevant experiences for students of all ages inspired by the captivating characters and stories from the Star Wars universe.”

Star Wars is near and dear to my heart. I have watched Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi countless times as a child and as an adult and now with my own kids. I love the idea of educational resources integrated with the Star Wars saga and wonder if kids enjoy learning more. Do teachers enjoy teaching more?

I’m curious if any teachers out there have used these resources. Please share stories of your experiences or your students’ reactions to materials from Star Wars in the Classroom. Look forward to your comments. Thanks so much!

And if you haven’t seen the movies, I highly recommend them, especially Star Wars (episode IV), Empire Strikes Back¬†(episode V) and Return of the Jedi¬†(episode VI).

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I was so happy to see Dan Thoene as the Judo Math Dude featured in this week’s San Diego Reader cover story. My daughter, in 6th grade, is learning math at her own pace thanks to Judo Math. She’s currently a yellow belt, but instead of actual belts – she has a rubber bracelet. When asked what she thought of Judo Math, she shared, “It is a fun way to learn math and build teamwork skills because we learn in groups. It also makes me feel accomplished when I pass a level in Judo Math.” Read the rest of this entry »