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

Amelia Earhart: Celebrating a legacy of adventure

Posted by Patty Cooke on July 24, 2018

July 24 is National Amelia Earhart Day, a day that honors her birth as well as her achievements.

Born Amelia Mary Earhart on July 24, 1897, (in Pitsco’s home state, and more specifically in Atchison, KS) Earhart began challenging the notion of what girls could do at a young age, eschewing expected female norms for climbing trees and hunting rats with a .22 rifle. She even collected news clippings about women succeeding in traditional male fields (Amelia Earhart).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, STEM Expeditions, Career Expeditions, Hands-on Learning

‘I’m ready for the next Expedition!’

Posted by Patty Cooke on June 18, 2018

Hands-on curriculum renews passion for learning in teachers and students

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning, STEM Units

21st-century skills take flight in Texas

Posted by Melissa Karsten on May 24, 2018

As a teacher, you’re all about giving your students the tools and knowledge for a successful career. It’s up to them to take advantage of the opportunities they’re presented to make it happen. How satisfying is it to see a spark ignited in your student that could lead them on this path? Charles Richardson from Lancaster ISD south of Dallas knows.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, High School, Careers, STEM Expeditions, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills

Our future workforce is in middle school. Will they be ready?

Posted by Jessica Born on April 14, 2018

The game of life requires proper preparation. So when does that preparation begin? College and career readiness at the middle school level might seem a bit outrageous at first. Asking a 11- to 13-year-old to map out their path or to select a career or passion might seem unimaginable. But is it really too much to expect?

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Careers, STEM Expeditions, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills