Digital skills are employability skills

Posted by Jessica Born on February 19, 2019

There’s a lot of buzz about employability skills these days. We at Pitsco are talking a lot about them too. So, what does it take to be employable? Education and industry have indicated we want today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders to have the capacity for or to possess skills in:

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Trends, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, innovate

Get sailing with social-emotional learning

Posted by Anna Gudde on February 14, 2019

SEL. What? It’s not just another trending acronym. Social-emotional learning (SEL) basically demonstrates how students relate with each other – and their teachers, their parents, and other adults – in any type of interactions.

It places a priority on creating a caring environment for learning and focuses on forming relationships among families, teachers, and community members. Applying SEL concepts in the classroom fosters richer student engagement, collaboration, and trust. So . . . how can educators introduce SEL competencies in the classroom? Project-based learning (PBL)!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, STEM, Missions, STEM Expeditions, Social and emotional learning, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

National Inventors’ Day: A day for creating

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 11, 2019

February 11 is National Inventors’ Day, a day to honor inventors of all kinds. But more than anything it’s a day to celebrate ingenuity. We’re surrounded by products, processes, and inventions that started as an idea – usually an attempt to solve a problem – and ended as something that makes our lives better in one way or another. National Inventors’ Day celebrates the creative genius in all of us.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, STEM, Future Ready, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, innovate

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

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