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  • The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons

    Posted July 21, 2017 in Featured Stories

    There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom. Exposes students to the creative process: When students engage in…

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  • The Making of a Better Math Student: 3 Ways to Overcome Frustration and Encourage Learning

    Posted June 20, 2017 in Teaching Strategies

    Students often believe success in math classes requires them to be a “math person.” This thought is as common as a teacher’s struggle to prove that math can be fun. Fostering students’ joy in numbers is one way to help students excel, but helping them learn to learn can set them up for long-term success….

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  • Summer Science: 4 Safe, Easy Experiments Kids can Do at Home

    Posted June 19, 2017 in Teaching Strategies

    Summer allows parents a bit more time to engage with their kids and participate in experiments that they can check on every day together. Completing science experiments throughout the summer will help students to keep engaged in academic inquiry and learn more about science during their months off. The experiments outlined below can be done…

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  • A Summer that Counts: How Parents Can Keep Students’ Math Skills Fresh

    Posted June 5, 2017 in Teaching Strategies

    Most parents encourage their children to read during the summer and point to examples of language and word usage all around them. But that’s not how they usually approach math, says Kathy Zolla, a Colorado middle school math teacher. Zolla notes that students often like the idea of having a math-free summer, which often results…

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  • STEM for All: Working Together to Improve Access for Women and Minorities

    Posted October 3, 2016 in Featured Stories

    President Barack Obama’s Educate to Innovate program prioritizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With a sharp focus on 21st-century skill sets, the program aims to expand STEM access to all students. Though many business leaders agree that workplace diversity is crucial to innovation, recent data shows that  STEM industries have a long way to…

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  • Using Summer Vacation for Good: Pushing Student Growth Over the Long Break

    Posted May 24, 2016 in Featured Stories

    Students often view summer as a time to relax, have fun and forget everything they learned the previous school year. This, of course, is bound to happen to some degree. A break in education often results in students forgetting some information, requiring a few weeks of review for teachers during the beginning of the next…

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  • Teaching STEM: Challenging Students to Think Through Tough Problems

    Posted May 17, 2016 in Featured Stories

    STEM teachers face an interesting challenge. They want their students to learn problem-solving and critical thinking skills, yet the world they’re preparing their students for doesn’t exist. We asked one of our MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM faculty members to discuss the challenges teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and possible solutions to…

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  • Math Awareness: The Importance of Inquisitiveness and Student Struggle

    Posted April 7, 2016 in Featured Stories

    Math can be a daunting subject for some students, but having the right teacher can make a world of difference. The best teachers draw connections to real-world applications, making the subject approachable and engaging. We asked two of our MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics faculty to talk about methods for teaching math to a…

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  • National Center for Children in Poverty: How Preschool Teachers Can Begin Closing the Achievement Gap

    Posted June 24, 2015 in Featured Stories

    Early childhood education teachers face critical challenges when educating children from low-income families. In order to close the achievement gap between poor and wealthy preschool and elementary students, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) recommends specialized professional development for teachers who work in high-needs schools. National Center for Children in Poverty: Teachers must…

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  • How to Turn Bad Movie Science Into Good Teaching

    Posted June 3, 2015 in Featured Stories

    In 2013, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson entertained and enraged movie fans with his “Mysteries of #Gravity” posts on Twitter. Tyson said he enjoyed the movie “very much” but listed several scientific errors that perplexed and entertained him, including the properties of orbiting satellites. How Neil deGrasse Tyson’s movie fact-checking can serve science teachers His Tweets…

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  • Essential Skills for the 21st Century: Teaching Students to Curate Content

    Posted April 22, 2015 in Featured Stories

    In my last piece, I discussed why content curation was an essential skill and discussed ways teachers could use Pinterest to curate content for students. Modeling this skill for students is important, but giving them the knowledge to do it themselves is crucial. The ability to sort through many sources for high-quality information was always…

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  • Content Curation: Tools and Strategies for Teachers

    Posted April 15, 2015 in Featured Stories

    “Content curation” is hip terminology in the marketing world. Businesses routinely develop and refine perceptions of their brand on social media through the information they choose to share with specific audiences. Curating content is an essential skill to share with students. With broad and easy access to information, seeing and practicing content curation can help…

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  • What the Baltimore Algebra Project Can Teach Us About Education Reform

    Posted February 25, 2015 in Featured Stories

    In his 1968 book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” Paulo Friere addressed the complex relationship among education, race, and poverty. He identified the myriad ways traditional education systems failed to meet the needs of students of color, families living in poverty and students struggling in other ways. Friere opposed top-down directives of what was or was not…

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  • Unschooling: Inspirational Learning Method or Educational Neglect?

    Posted January 21, 2015 in Featured Stories

    The majority of America’s educational resources are focused on students inside classrooms. However, there is a growing population of young people who may never, or only partially, engage in formal schooling. The number of homeschooled students is small but growing In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education reported that about 3.4 percent of all age-eligible…

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  • Math Teacher Career: Job, Education and Salary Information

    Posted November 24, 2014 in Teaching Careers Updated March 2, 2017

    Teaching mathematics is a logical choice for people who are fascinated with using numbers and symbols, functions and equations to solve real-world problems. People who are “fluent in math” and who have a passion for imparting knowledge and helping others appreciate the value of solving problems with numbers are well suited for careers as mathematics…

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  • Science Teacher Career: Job, Education and Salary Information

    Posted October 15, 2014 in Teaching Careers Updated February 17, 2017

    Teaching science is a rewarding career for people with an aptitude and passion for the subject. Science teaching jobs can appeal to college students majoring in a science discipline, as well as to professionals who decide to switch careers later in life and teach science. Demand for teachers within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and…

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  • Teaching Chess in Schools: The National Scholastic Chess Foundation

    Posted September 24, 2014 in Featured Stories

    Sunil Weeramantry has spent more than 40 years teaching and developing award-winning chess programs. As the founder and executive director of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF), Weeramantry served as the first chairman of the US Chess Federation’s Committee on Chess in Education and has produced workshops across the country, including on Capitol Hill. The…

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  • ‘Geometry Pro’ App Helps Students Master the Basics

    Posted September 10, 2014 in Educational Technology

    Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math…

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  • Mobile App Puts Periodic Table in Students’ Hands

    Posted September 2, 2014 in Educational Technology

    For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The…

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  • Award-Winning Texas Teacher Mines the Potential of Project-Based Learning

    Posted May 7, 2014 in Curriculum & Instruction

    Fifth-grade math teacher Todd Nesloney became an educator in part because he hated math — and didn’t want other students to struggle like he had. His mission was certainly a success. Five years in, his classes consistently scored among his Texas district’s highest on standardized tests. But Nesloney wasn’t happy. He didn’t so much feel…

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