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What STEM Teaching Tools Should You Have in Your Toolbox?

Like any content area, STEM presents its own challenges. STEM careers have reached the zenith of opportunity, while education still lacks in primary and secondary schools. This isn’t teachers’ faults — it’s just where we’re at. Ask schools how much they have in the bank for extra resources and, 9 times out of 10, you probably have that same amount in your wallet. …

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40+ STEM Scholarship Opportunities for 2021

You should know STEM occupations bring in more money, on average than non-STEM jobs.  This knowledge makes STEM majors an easy sell to parents scouting colleges with their STEM-loving high school seniors.  But you know what’s not an easy sell?  That tuition breakdown.  Sticker-shock is an understatement. So what’s the solution? Answer:  A STEM Scholarship. (Hip! Hip! Hooray! Three cheers …

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10 Tips on How to Be a Better STEM Teacher

Are you a STEM teacher? Looking to vamp up your game in the STEM classroom? Or maybe just thinking about some things you can do differently with pedagogy? Perfect. We have the rundown on teaching STEM and teaching it well. No matter where you’re at in your teaching career, this is the guide for you! Does Better STEM Teaching Just Mean Better Teaching? Yes …

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What are STEM Toys? And is STEM Good for Kids?

What are STEM toys? While it might feel like we’re living in a year where time has ceased to function appropriately, our calendars don’t lie: the holidays have arrived. And even in a year as tiresome and encumbering as 2020, there’s no holding back Santa Clause. This holiday season, you can put Santa to shame and give your kids something …

dad, son, and daughter in front of computer building STEM projects

Remote Learning: What is It and How Effective Can It Be?

At this point in 2020, the term remote learning might be more ubiquitous than oxygen. When COVID-19 spread across the globe, schools faced a Shakespearean-like decision: To close, or not to close – that was the question. Luckily, the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff members prevailed in most places. Schools closed their doors on in-person learning and …

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How to Plan Project-Based Learning Lesson Plans

Project-based learning lesson plans are one of the most labor-intensive undertakings for any educator.  It’s tough to create lesson plans that are relevant and achievable. And it’s even tougher when those lessons have to be hands-on, collaborative, and meaningful.  It’s a lot of work to create the lesson, set up a realistic timeline, and lead students to “big ideas” that they can …

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What are Micro-schools?

COVID-19 brought substantial changes to how, when, and where we educate our students. As school districts shifted to digital means of instruction and learning, alternatives like pandemic pods and micro-schools popped up on the radar. And while pandemic pods are indicative of the times, the latter aren’t necessarily a new phenomenon (even though COVID-19’s made it seem that way). What are They? There isn’t one common definition of a micro-school (also sometimes referred to …

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Tips for Handling Teacher Burnout

Teacher burnout is as real as your favorite troublemaker student’s perfect attendance record. Today, burnout’s even more common. You know you’re overworked, you know grading 175 papers in two days is what we might call “long-term unmanageable.” You know the troubles that exist within your school and its larger district. And you work hard anyway because you care. So before …