Pitsco elementary solutions make learning fun again

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 15, 2018

I remember my childhood fondly, especially the early years. For the most part, my days were filled with games, including those I invented with my siblings and neighborhood friends (indoor hockey using ski poles and plastic doll plates, anyone?); explorations of the surrounding neighborhood; and tons of problem-solving. Whether it was figuring out how to create a go-kart out of bicycle parts or hammering out the rules for whatever we were playing, we were, in general, left alone to figure these things out on our own. My parents had never heard of social and emotional learning (SEL), but they nurtured it in us simply by letting us be kids.

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Topics: Social and emotional learning, STEM, Elementary School, Missions, STEM Units

Space stations, pizza, and STEM

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 08, 2018

Ever since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the world’s first satellite, on October 4, 1957, humankind has been on an upward trajectory, reaching farther and farther into space.

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Topics: STEM, Missions, Science, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Elementary School, Middle School

Pitsco, your classroom certificate of authenticity

Posted by David Meador on February 05, 2018

We’ve all seen the signs on various retail outlets: “Authentic Mexican Food” or “Authentic (Insert Team Name) Sports Merchandise.” Perhaps youve purchased something online that came with a certificate of authenticity. No matter how you encounter the word authentic, you have an understanding that the item in question is the real thing.

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Topics: Missions, STEM Expeditions, Collaborations, IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, Authentic Learning

School to work: An inevitability

Posted by David Meador on November 13, 2017

Look out into your classroom. What do you see? Students? Kids? Parents’ greatest treasures? Many times, when we look at the people in our classroom, we see them in one of these roles. Another role that we might not consider is future employee. We often miss this critical role our students will play.

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Topics: Elementary School, IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Missions, Careers, STEM Expeditions

Is handwriting still important?

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2017

(Note: This post is based-on a recent Network article written by Niccole Wilson.)

In todays increasingly digital world, whether schools should focus on handwriting as a skill or not is a hot debate. Many elementary schools have already ceased teaching cursive. Will the ax fall on the use of paper and pencil next?

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Topics: Elementary School, IN THE CLASSROOM, STEM, Trends, Missions