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A Framework for Teaching Tomorrow’s Innovators Today

By Jennifer Gunn October 22, 2018

It’s said that today’s teachers are educating students for a job market that doesn’t yet exist. Foundational skills are still important, but how should this generation’s educators teach tomorrow’s workers and innovators? 21st-century learning is at the heart of a movement preparing students to work in a very different world. But the concept of 21st-century… Read More

Post-Crisis Challenges Associated with School Shootings

By Gail Kirby, EdD October 20, 2018

We never want to think about our worst fears but, when it comes to our school’s crisis preparedness, we need to make sure we have the proper protocol in place. Research indicates that schools are the least prepared to handle crises such as school shootings. Scant evidence-based data exist to help understand the challenges that school districts… Read More

The STEAM movement has shed a great deal of light on the many benefits of teaching students interdisciplinary lessons and projects, but how do we make sure all of our learners are able to thrive in this innovative, multidimensional learning environment? We need a range of inclusive teaching strategies in order to meet our learners’… Read More

The beginning and end of a class are crucial moments. They provide opportunities to engage students and ensure that learning sticks. But class openers and closers can also be super fun! Here are 15 student-friendly, impactful, and entertaining ways to open and close any class. Class openers Solve it A great way to get kids… Read More

Full STEAM Ahead! Teacher-Approved Strategies

By The Room 241 Team October 16, 2018

STEM has been a priority in many U.S. schools for at least a decade but, in the past few years, education experts have noticed that something was missing — that future scientists and engineers also need soft skills like creativity, collaboration, and communication to solve problems. “We realized that language arts, social studies, and visual… Read More

Mobile Classrooms: Makerspaces and STEM Learning on the Move

By The Room 241 Team October 15, 2018

STEM and STEAM learning doesn’t just have to happen within the confines of a classroom or a proper school lab. Many schools can’t afford 3D printers or makerspace equipment. Therefore, STEM learning is on the move and these companies, organizations and school districts are working to provide high-quality STEM learning on the road and in a… Read More

STEM and STEAM Books For Teachers, Teens, and Kids

By The Room 241 Team October 13, 2018

We know there are many benefits to teaching STEAM lessons and activities, but sometimes it’s hard to know which STEM- or STEAM-related book to check out for lesson planning when there are hundreds to choose from. So we scoured the market for the best STEM and STEAM books to help streamline the process, and we’ve… Read More

How Educators Can Help Close the STEM Gender Gap

By Nicole Mace, MEd October 11, 2018

Although we’ve made progress over the years in regards to the gender gap, when it comes to STEM, there’s still a great deal of work to do. While some might say that girls and women lack the aptitude for STEM professions, that’s definitely not the case. In looking at recent research published by Psychological Science,… Read More

Why Educators’ Voices are Essential to EdTech Innovation

By Jennifer Gunn October 9, 2018

SmartBoards, iPads, Google Classroom, and 3D printers — these are just some of the tools found in classrooms today. Gone are the days of clunky overhead projectors, transparencies, heavy textbooks, and loose-leaf notebooks. “Edtech,” short for educational technology, is a booming industry with seemingly endless new apps and products hitting the market each year, promising to… Read More

How Teens Can Benefit From Recess

By Kara Wyman, MEd October 8, 2018

When we think of recess and playtime, most of us think of cute little kids on the playground. But couldn’t our middle and high school students benefit from a break too? Adolescents often face a variety of challenges and, while I’m not suggesting we get teens on monkey bars or force a game of tag,… Read More

English Teachers: How You Can Use STEAM in Your Classroom

By Jennifer Gunn October 4, 2018

The advent and expansion of STEAM doesn’t mean a movement away from language arts. On the contrary, scientists, engineers, technologists, artists, and mathematicians all need literacy skills, an appreciation and understanding of the human experience, and strong writing abilities. English language arts doesn’t sit apart from STEAM. In fact, the two fit nicely together, building… Read More

15 Tips for Leading Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Jennifer Gunn October 2, 2018

As teachers, we have to work hard to prepare for parent-teacher conferences. In a matter of minutes, we have to find a way to genuinely connect with parents, discuss their student’s academic progress, and how they can improve. It’s also important to explain current curriculum goals and our teaching strategies in hopes that they support… Read More

STEAM isn’t just the flavor of the month in education. It’s a crucial component toward building critical-thinking and creativity skills for our nation’s learners. For the evolving world of work, students need to develop these skills so that they become curious, analytical thinkers who are our future problem-solvers. STEAM-centered learning provides a powerful avenue for… Read More

Achieving Student Success: Community Colleges to Learn From

By Nicole Mace, MEd September 28, 2018

When looking at successful higher education institutions, we often focus on well-known, four-year universities, but analyzing what makes specific community colleges successful can teach us a great deal about how to support and engage today’s students. There are more than 20 million working adults who are college dropouts in the U.S. and community colleges enroll 40% of all… Read More

The Importance of Play-Based Learning

By The Room 241 Team September 27, 2018

The No Child Left Behind movement seemed to discount the importance of play-based learning in favor of more explicit instruction and testing in the lower grades. But researchers and educators agree that play is a critical part of childhood learning that should not be sidelined. Here’s a look at the latest research on the importance… Read More