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Creating a Mindful, Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

“I am now challenging you to look beyond the behavior and focus on motive. If we can identify what may be motivating students to react, we can redirect them by providing alternative options for them to manage their stress.” (Souers … Continue reading

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BUSTED!: Addressing Alternate Conceptions in the Science Classroom

TRUE or FALSE: There is a dark side of the moon. Particles found in solids have no motion. Humans evolved from apes. All of these statements are FALSE. They are all examples of common misconceptions, or alternate conceptions, that can … Continue reading

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The Importance of MTV in the Classroom

I know what you may be thinking, “MTV in the classroom? I don’t know how shows like The Hills, Jersey Shore, or Catfish can be important for my student’s education.”  Well… I agree! What I’m talking about when I refer … Continue reading

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Making Student Engagement Accessible

With limited funding and small budgets it can be a challenge for teachers to find meaningful ways to engage their students within their lesson plans. Starting lesson plans off in a creative way to grab students interests and get class … Continue reading

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Equity of STEM Encouragement

The inequity in STEM is shocking and we as educators have the unique opportunity to attack this problem and inspire our future generation to pursue STEM. What is Equity? Equality and equity are not the same thing. To understand the … Continue reading

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Intrinsic Motivation Development and Creativity in the Classroom

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein Albert Einstein is one of the most highly regarded and brilliant scientists that we have ever seen in this world. If you … Continue reading

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Classroom Changes: Application of Atomic Habits in the Science Classroom

“…the process of building habits is actually the process of becoming yourself.” – James Clear, Atomic Habits I don’t think anyone will argue with me that they changed (physically and mentally) from kindergarten to 12th grade. I don’t think anyone … Continue reading

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Embracing the Power of Margins in the Science Classroom

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” is incredibly powerful and is often referenced in numerous … Continue reading

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The Extinction of Average Teaching

The time for endless worksheets, solely lecture based classes, and teaching within the pretty painted lines that the textbooks lay out has come to an end. An extinction event has occurred. Although scary, extinction of these traditional views on education … Continue reading

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