Making STEM connections using project-based learning

Posted by Aubrey Vance on October 08, 2020

Have you heard the buzz about project-based learning (PBL)? The educational community has been talking about it for a while, but what’s the big deal anyway? How is PBL different from other projects students complete in class? An easy and often-used way of understanding the difference between doing projects and PBL is to think of it in terms of food.

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Topics: Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, STEM Expeditions, Teacher Development, STEM Units, Professional Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Back to school: A BIG year brings BIG appreciation

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 26, 2020

As we all gear back up for school in these uncharted waters, we have been amazed by the lengths you, the teachers, have all gone to support your students and their learning. And, it’s no secret you will all continue to do that in the next school year.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Culture, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Nurturing the parent-teacher relationship

Posted by Patty Cooke on July 27, 2020

July 26 is National Parents’ Day. This US day of tribute to parents has fallen on the fourth Sunday in July since 1994, when congress passed “The Parents’ Day Resolution” (National Parents’ Day). 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Teacher Development, Workforce Development

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