Enrichment = Engagement

Posted by Chelsea Archie on August 19, 2019

Enrichment is the action of improving or enhancing the quality or value of something.

Middle school can be a challenging time for many students. There are several factors that can influence the path students travel down. It only takes one teacher, one lesson, or one field trip to completely change the future of a student. Sometimes, students can slip through the cracks, but the leaders in our middle school realized something needed to be done to grab their attention.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Future Ready, Grants, Hands-on Learning

Teacher tips for a new school year

Posted by Molly Proffitt 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

What in the world is FreeBSD? Open-source, open to more.

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 19, 2019

This week we celebrate FreeBSD Day on June 19. This national day, unfortunately, doesn’t celebrate Biscuits, Sausage, and Donuts. While that sounds delicious, this day is a little lesser known but definitely appealing.

FreeBSD Day stems from the University of California-Berkeley in 1993. FreeBSD is an open-source operating system that is considered a pioneer in open-source technology and is seen through many different platforms that we recognize today. Better yet, it’s used by billions of people across the globe, and companies use FreeBSD in their products. (www.freebsdfoundation.org)

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Technology, STEM, Coding, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Stories and algorithms? The 4 Rs of 21st-century STEM education

Posted by Jessica Born on June 18, 2019

The three Rs of education – reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic – were the foundation for much of 20th-century learning. Even as we advance well into the 21st century, those foundational skills still carry significant importance for today’s learners. Students absolutely need solid literacy skills – print and digital – as well as the ability to write well and complete basic to complex mathematic tasks.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Math

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