Your camp handbook: How to have the best summer ever

Posted by Molly Underwood on May 20, 2020

The “school” year is coming to a close and summer is coming in hot (literally and figuratively). Normally, kids everywhere would be preparing for their summer camps, but this year is a little different – everyone got thrown a curveball. Thankfully, the world doesn’t just quit when we get the unexpected. We overcome. We innovate. We make the best out of it. And, above all else, we come together.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Camps, Technology, STEM, Resources, Teacher Development, Coding, Activities, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Mind-set for the moment: Teacher Appreciation Week

Posted by Molly Underwood on May 06, 2020

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week might look a little different, but our admiration for you, the educators, has stayed the same. Because that’s just it, you care and work hard no matter the circumstances. 👨‍🏫👩‍🏫 While thanking a teacher is an everyday thing for us, this week allows us to honor and show our love toward you even more ❤️.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Culture, Resources, Teacher Development, Activities

Change brings opportunity, unexpected lessons

Posted by Patty Cooke on May 01, 2020

There’s an old saying that nothing is permanent except change. Over the past few months, we’ve all come to realize the truth of this. School, work, celebrations, livelihoods – lives – have been disrupted by this sudden change. And, while we might all agree that change is a part of life, that doesn’t take away the pain and confusion that abrupt, unexpected change can cause.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Preparing the next generation one student at a time

Posted by Jessica Born on February 20, 2020

In The Pitsco Experience video, we highlight the role the teacher can and does play in a student’s present-day and future success. We feature four students throughout a brief span of a few years in a teacher’s career and then again in a nod to their futures. This brief cycle in a teacher’s career is meant to reinforce the importance of educators, hands-on education, and the transformation that can happen in a classroom.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Teacher Development, STEM Units, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Inquiry-based Learning

Random acts of kindness: Spreading joy in the classroom

Posted by Paige Bowman on February 17, 2020

When I was a teenager, I remember going into town with my mom right around Valentine’s Day. There were some construction workers near the main intersection. As we ran our errands, my mom decided to buy a bag candy. As we came back through that intersection, she handed me the bag of candy and made me get out of the car to go give candy to the workers and wish them a good day.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Resources, Teacher Development, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning