Student engagement: Developing agency, showing relevancy, and getting hands on

Posted by Jessica Born on May 29, 2019

At the end of the school day, before a holiday, as the school year wraps, during a subject they don’t enjoy, or sometimes for no specific reason at all, students can find it challenging to stay engaged. But it’s not just your classroom – you’re not alone, Teach. There are endless statistics about student engagement and disengagement. Gallup’s survey efforts of Grades 5-12 showed that almost half of students who responded to the survey are engaged with school (47%), approximately one-fourth aren’t engaged (29%), and the remainder are actively disengaged (24%). Numerous reports also state engagement only decreases as students progress through school.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Culture, STEM, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning

Bringing financial literacy to the classroom

Posted by Katlie Brynds on April 27, 2019

Do you remember your first purchase? Something you’d been saving up for a while and were finally able to buy? We begin learning about the financial world at an early age. Even before entering school, we observe the financial decisions made by our families and we begin to gain a financial mentality. But sometimes we don’t always have role models around to demonstrate positive personal finance habits. Bringing financial terms and concepts into a formal classroom setting can help prepare students for the financial opportunities and challenges they’ll face as adults.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Math

Start an Earth Year in your classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on April 22, 2019

Earth Day is a great reminder every year on April 22 that we need to take care of the our planet because resources are limited. And it’s awesome that there’s a special day to celebrate with special events, but what about the rest of the year? How can this reminder be made part of everyday life and the lives of your students? Let’s take a look at projects that could make it an Earth Year.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Social and emotional learning, Activities

The proof is in the wording: Celebrating proofreading!

Posted by Corinne Pachl on March 06, 2019

When you hear the word proofreading, you probably have flashbacks to writing essays in middle school English class or stumbling through reading your essay aloud. Maybe you think about how more people on social media should proofread their own posts more often. I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people associate proofreading with spell-check and nothing more. But there’s so much more to it, including its own holiday! National Proofreading Day is on Friday, March 8. It's probably not a coincidence that National Grammar Day falls within the same week (March 4). Our Pitsco Editing department is celebrating big this week!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Culture, Trends, Careers, Coding

Dipping into the science of tortilla chips

Posted by Jessica Born on February 22, 2019

We’ve all been there. The basket of chips and that little bowl of salsa arrives on the table, and before you know it, it’s devoured, and your table is asking for a refill (maybe before you’ve even ordered your entrées). In fact, there’s a meme about how self-control is abandoned when chips and salsa are served. This hasn’t been formally researched by us, but I think we can confirm the meme’s validity based on repeated informal experiments (i.e. personal experience).

So, how’d we get here? What’s the science behind tortilla chips and their popularity?

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Science, STEM, Trends, Activities