Tackle the stuff in 2019: Classroom organization tips

Posted by Jessica Born on February 07, 2019

Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix is all the rage right now. If you’re in the middle of purging, folding, and thanking, you might not need to read on. But, since there isn’t a “Classroom Edition” of the show (yet), we decided to try to round up a few tried-and-true staples as well as innovative ideas to inspire or help you tackle all the stuff we know STEM educators have in their classrooms. Wrangling it all can be time-consuming, and goodness knows you’re all short on time (and probably space too)!

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Topics: innovate, Resources, Culture, Teacher Resources, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM

STEM and football join teams

Posted by Preston Frazier on February 02, 2019

Sunday’s big game is almost here! People have made their team picks of who will win the most prestigious trophy in professional football. Even if you’re not a football fan, this is the perfect time to look at some math and science connections that your students can relate to the big game on the gridiron.

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Topics: Physics, innovate, Activities, Resources, STEM, Culture, IDEAS & INSPIRATION

Bubble Wrap – addictive and educational!

Posted by Tommy Ly on January 28, 2019

Did you know that four out of five teachers prefer the sound of popping Bubble Wrap bubbles to smacking gum? We didn’t get a response from the fifth one because he was mid-bubble. And in a recent double-blind study, one square foot of Bubble Wrap will keep an average teenager entertained for 30 percent longer than a fidget spinner. OK, I made that one up. But nearly everyone has had an experience with Bubble Wrap, either when receiving packages or when preparing packages to be sent. We all know the popping sound of Bubble Wrap like we know the syllables of our name.

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Topics: Art, Hands-on Learning, Activities, Resources, Science, IDEAS & INSPIRATION

Texas educator on a mission to discover every kid’s genius

Posted by Tom Farmer on January 26, 2019

Last fall, we released our first ever teaching type personality quiz. We featured five general teaching types that we believe encompass educators you’d find in today’s classrooms: the Merry Maker, the Inspiring Innovator, the Prudent Planner, the Technology Trailblazer, and the Coordinator of Chaos.

Matthew Way, educator at Sweeny Elementary School, in Sweeny, TX, is the walking definition of a Coordinator of Chaos teaching type. In summer 2017, Way volunteered to run the new Pitsco Education STREAM lab. He sees more than 1,000 K-5 students in his STREAM lab each year. K-2 students experience whole-class STEM Units for 30 minutes each week during the school year, and students in Grades 3-5 explore the rotational STREAM Missions for one hour every third day for a semester.

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Topics: STEAM, Hands-on Learning, Future Ready, Social and emotional learning, Missions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM

Samples and support made easy: A part of the Pitsco experience

Posted by Eric Simmons on January 24, 2019

Though a busy time for many, the holiday break provides the opportunity to recharge so you can hit the New Year running. And then the first month of the year is usually spent focusing on new or better habits. We try to approach our work in the same way. We’re focused on you and your students as we have been for nearly 48 years while we continue to better your experiences and our offerings.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, Resources, Teacher Resources, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM