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Rising to the Challenge

What if I’m not enough? When I think about my biggest challenges and fears in teaching, this is the thought that comes up the most. To be an exemplary teacher is incredibly difficult. The relatively little experience I’ve had has required … Continue reading

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When life stands in your way

We all know there are days when the last possible place you want to be is in class. And there are days when you just can’t seem to engage with what’s going on around you.  Even as someone who enjoys … Continue reading

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Getting More Out Of Assessment

Tests and Quizzes. The first thing anyone thinks when you say the word assessment is tests and quizzes. If you want to figure out how much your students know, just give them a list of questions to answer right? Gets … Continue reading

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Challenge Your Misconceptions

You are probably wrong (and that’s ok) Everyone holds some misconceptions. There is so much misinformation out there that it is inevitable. I know that not everything I “know” is accurate. I regularly find out that I’m wrong about something I … Continue reading

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Getting Engaged Without Going Broke

It can be tough as a teacher when you need to get your kids engaged and ready for learning, but you don’t want to break the bank on expensive equipment or materials. To help solve that problem, here are some great … Continue reading

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MTV: Not just for music anymore

Today we are going to tackle three strategies from the book Making Thinking Visible. The first strategy we are going to look at is one of my favorites from the book “Chalk Talk” In this strategy, poster-sized pieces of paper … Continue reading

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Its 2018, Way Past Time for Equity in STEM

STEM careers are one of the fasting growing industries in the US, Yet women and minorities are still incredibly underrepresented. According to the National Science Foundation, these are the big numbers FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN STEM STUDIES AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL … Continue reading

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How to fly with STE(A)M

Well, not exactly. A much better word for it would really be hover. But come on, what kid isn’t gonna get excited about building a hovercraft. This is a hovercraft that NASA built. Ours won’t be as big or complicated, but they … Continue reading

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Constructivism; Rebuilding the Classroom

Constructivism is… Constructivism is a theory in education that holds a few central ideas about learning. In “Science Education: An International Course Companion” by Keith Taber and Ben Akpan, the big ideas in consturctivism are laid out as follows, 1 … Continue reading

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Teamwork: Makes the dream work

There are two kinds of people in the world… 1. People who like group work 2. People who HATE group work (I’ve worked in groups that were worse off than these dogs) I fall into the second category (mostly), and … Continue reading

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