Your reading roundup: Articles to encourage and inspire educators like you

Posted by Melissa Karsten on February 08, 2020

Your list of things to do is likely long – things to grade, read, and review. With so much to do, sometimes you just need a minute. Whether you’re waiting on someone or something or procrastinating on a project you don’t know how to tackle, it can be easy to let your focus drift somewhere else, especially with the world just a few clicks away.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, News, Culture, Teacher Development, Professional Development, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Inside Pitsco: National Hobby Month

Posted by Paige Bowman on January 30, 2020

In such a busy world permeated with things we feel like we must do, hobbies can feel like yet another task that just eat up our precious free time. But, having a hobby can bring so many benefits to life. With January as National Hobby Month, we wanted to share some of our coworkers’ own pastimes to inspire you!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Trends, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Art

Behind the scenes: Science of parades

Posted by Paige Bowman on November 27, 2019

Festive. A spectacle. A procession of fun. One of the most exciting and most popular aspects of local and school homecoming and holidays is often the parade. The community gathers to see the marching bands, athletic teams, fire trucks and police cars, horses, and likely all different kinds of floats.

When you start looking beyond the local scene and to some of the most well-known parades, such as Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Rose Parade in Pasedena, or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the floats become massive pieces of incredible showmanship. In some cases, engineers start working on float designs more than a year in advance to prepare for parades!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Engineering, Careers, Activities

Caffeinate and be awesome! Celebrating National Coffee Day

Posted by Molly Underwood on September 29, 2019

Cup of joe. Java. Wakey juice. Life’s necessities. Whatever you might call this drink, September 29 is National Coffee Day. While every day is coffee day (at least for me), this holiday was created to celebrate the hot or iced beverage that brings joy to many around the world. To get your caffeine fix, try supporting one of your local coffee shops that might also be celebrating National Coffee Day by having discounted or free drinks. Check out some deals here!

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Science, Resources

Teacher tips for a new school year

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 15, 2019

The first day of school is right around the corner. Can you believe it?! For both students and teachers, the first day can be a mix of emotions – but take a deep breath because we’ve got you covered.

It’s never too early to start preparing for the new year. So, before your classroom is full of kids and excitement, try using some of these tips and tricks to start your school year off on the right foot. Remember, the first couple of days can set the stage for the rest of the year, and we want this to be your best year yet!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, Teacher Resources, Culture, Teacher Development, Social and emotional learning, Professional Development