Once upon a STEM story – Building STEM skills with fairy tales 

Posted by Jessica Born on February 26, 2021

Most of us love a story, kids and adults alike. A good story captures our imagination, makes us wonder or feel something, and might even teach us something. Fairy tales are an example of this kind of story. Typically, they are fanciful, have some type of conflict and resolution, and leave you with a takeaway or two.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Puzzle time! The brain benefits of solving

Posted by Molly Underwood on January 28, 2021

Sometimes, we need to all step away from our screens and devices to unplug and work out . . . OK, don’t leave just yet! I mean a mental workout! Various types of puzzles and brain teasers are great ways to exercise your noodle or fun ways to pass the time. I for one am a huge fan of puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, riddles – you name it, I love them. And, with the cold weather, the darker days, and the pandemic, I have been cranking them out! Luckily, there are lots of benefits to puzzling and, plus, the aha moment never gets old.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

gratitude + SEL | November brings the attitude of gratitude

Posted by Deidre Galloway on November 17, 2020

It’s the time of year when many of us are thinking about gratitude and things to be thankful for. November is National Gratitude Month – what a great way to kick off this month with a whole lot of gratitude in your classroom. When we think of gratitude, one thing we think of is social and emotional learning (SEL).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning

Wanted: Creativity and innovation

Posted by Preston Frazier on May 08, 2020

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
– Albert Einstein

This quote is attributed to famous scientist Albert Einstein is one of my favorite quotes ever. I believe it’s one of my favorites because it’s so true and rings so loud during our current situation. I think we would all agree with that.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Workforce Development, Inquiry-based Learning

Digital detox: Unplug for the day (and what to do with your device-free time)

Posted by Jessica Born on March 06, 2020

Do you know how much screen time you logged on your phone in the last day? How about the last week? (And yes, there’s an app for that if you’re interested.) If you’re an iPhone user, you likely get a weekly notification to alert you of your usage. If you are like me, sometimes that number makes you cringe. How much of that time was purposeful? How much was mindless scrolling? How can I do better?

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Technology, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning