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

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

K-12 student contest: Design a holly, jolly, and creative card!

Posted by Melissa Karsten on November 15, 2018

Last year was the first time Pitsco had a student design our holiday greeting that was sent to thousands of people, and we loved it so much that we decided to do it again this year.

Besides bragging rights, the winning student will be sent a $50 Walmart gift card, and a $100 Pitsco store credit will go to the teacher who submits the winning artwork. 

2017 Winning Design

The Contest Is Simple

There’s NO entry fee. It’s open to all students K-12, but entries should be submitted by a teacher or administrator. Yes, homeschool educators count.

  1. Download the template.
  2. Have your students design their 7" x 5" (horizontal) card.
  3. Submit.

Submissions will be accepted by digital upload, mail, or hand delivery.

We have everything explained in detail at Pitsco.com/CardContest with links to download your template and submit your students’ designs. All entries will be digitally showcased online. 

The winning design will be chosen by a panel of judges at Pitsco Education. Besides mailing our cards nationally, we also send an email version to thousands of our contacts and share it on social media.

Need a little inspiration? Take a look at the 2017 entries.

Don’t delay in starting this project! Entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2018, or digitally or hand delivered by December 3, 2018. We’ll announce the winner mid-December on social media and at Pitsco.com/CardContest.

We can’t wait to see what your students create!

CONTEST DETAILS

 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Giveaways, Culture, STEM, Activities, STEAM, Art, Contest

STEM, ecosystems, and workforce development

Posted by Ruthie Muller on November 12, 2018

What is STEM? Yes, it’s a group of letters that could stand for science, technology, engineering, and math. Or, if you are a part of the STEM East Network, STEM stands for Strategies That Engage Minds. No matter your definition of STEM, we’re all on the same page: STEM skills, and the dispositions that come along with acquiring those skills, will project students into the future. After all, students are the future workforce, and if schools and business join together, the result can be the closure of the skills and interest gap.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Trends, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, WorkKeys, STEAM, Workforce Development

STEM/STEAM inspires students to NOV8 (Innovate)

Posted by Jessica Born on November 08, 2018

It’s a bit hazy and, arguably, debatable as to when STEM actually became a “thing.” Some will contend it’s been around since the race for space was initiated in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Others will say it‘s been present since the 1970s/1980s when huge technological advances were occurring (i.e. the Macintosh and first cell phone). Still others will proffer it was the 1990s when education councils were setting curriculum standards with more emphasis for science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate