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Schools across the nation are doing some amazing interdisciplinary project-based learning. There are tons of impactful ways to meld skills and content-areas together in unique pairings. Novels in math class? Experiments in English? Poems in history? Why not? Who says that subjects have to stay separate? Here are some fun ways to mix it up… Read More

Rethinking PD: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team August 14, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education and WeAreTeachers hosted an awesome Facebook Live professional development session: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers. Did you miss it? No worries! We’ve got you covered with some key takeaways. You can also watch the full video anytime to catch all of the details. Mindfulness for students Hosts Kayla Dessert and… Read More

Back-to-School Icebreakers for Every Grade

By The Room 241 Team August 3, 2018

Tired of the name game and classroom bingo? Here are some awesome classroom icebreakers sure to get your students excited about each other, and their new class! Elementary school activities Deserted Island Share-Out Seat students in a circle. Tell the class to imagine that they’re stuck on a deserted island. To make it visual, project… Read More

Using Agriculture to Teach STEAM

By Julia Recko July 26, 2018

How often do you or your students think about agriculture? Where your food comes from? How it grows? Who grows it? What decisions go into how it is grown? Maybe you think about it a lot. But maybe your answer is closer to never. Well, if you are a STEAM educator you are missing out… Read More

Create a Makerspace for Your School in 5 Easy Steps

By The Room 241 Team July 14, 2018

If you’re ready to foster your students’ curiosity by creating a makerspace on a budget, we’ve got you covered! Learning should remain authentically connected to the real world, and the Maker Movement exemplifies that while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Progressive New York City educator Angelo Patri said, “The substitution of direct experiences for… Read More

Get Outside! The Outdoor Education Movement Takes Root

By Jennifer Gunn June 28, 2018

Hand a toddler an iPhone, and chances are that child knows precisely what to do with it. Increasing screen time, over-testing in schools, and a national rise in students medicated for attention issues have contributed to the outdoor education movement. This movement gets students out of their seats and into nature. The call for an… Read More

Bringing Social Emotional Learning into the Classroom

By Jennifer Gunn June 20, 2018

Social-emotional learning activities have made their way into advisory classrooms across the country, but they shouldn’t just live there. Content-area classrooms are important epicenters for social-emotional learning, and when we incorporate SEL strategies into academic time, the potential for student growth is impressive. Here’s how to get started. What is SEL? According to The Collaborative… Read More

Teaching kids about empathy, kindness, and compassion is a must for schools. More than one out of every five students report being bullied. Of those students: 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted 12% were the subject of rumors 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on 5% were excluded from activities on… Read More

Home Stretch: Finish the End of the School Year Strong

By The Room 241 Team June 4, 2018

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on the Teaching Channel. Read it here. Any teacher will tell you that school doesn’t really cool down. The end of the school year is one of the busiest, most stressful times of the year. Testing, spring fever, events, final projects, grading—the home stretch is a doozy. While… Read More

Quick Classroom Stress Relievers for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team May 31, 2018

Innovative teachers like you keep students engaged and excited, but you know kids learn best when they’re not tense. Deal with stress in the classroom by trying these easy mood-boosters on a daily basis. Get them moving! Sitting still is hard for all of us. These mood-boosting activities and brain breaks will give students instant… Read More

Engaging Families in Social-Emotional Learning

By Jennifer Gunn May 21, 2018

Daniel Goleman, the author of the book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, states that “Family life is our first school for emotional learning.“ It’s through family that “we learn how to feel about ourselves and how others will react to our feelings; how to think about these feelings and what choices… Read More

Free Downloads Your Students Will Love for D.E.A.R. Day

By Meaghan Maldonado, MEd April 10, 2018

Between required curriculum and mandated testing, it can often feel like there aren’t many opportunities to fit in enriching, fundamental activities like reading. However, the “Drop Everything and Read,” (or D.E.A.R.) movement hopes to encourage students, families, and educators to immerse themselves in reading. D.E.A.R. was inspired by Beverly Cleary (who wrote about the concept… Read More

With dedicated teachers, administrators, and other school staff, public schools are there every day for every student, preparing tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why, during November, we celebrate public schools during American Education Week. Take part in this national event with a few celebration ideas below, and share online using the hashtag #PublicSchoolsForAll and #AEW2017. Monday, Nov…. Read More

A few years ago, I was working at a middle school as an arts integration teacher. My charge was to promote the benefits of STEAM projects and incorporate the arts into classes you normally wouldn’t find them. As someone who has been writing and speaking on the topic for years, it’s a role I truly enjoyed—but… Read More

10 Creative STEAM Classroom Project Ideas for the Holidays

By The Room 241 Team November 6, 2017

If you’re in the market for project ideas to bring to your classroom that celebrate the holiday season using science, tech, engineering, arts, and math, this is your list. Below you’ll find projects that are perfect for students in elementary school, middle school, and even high school; volumetric decorations, anyone? 1) Christmas Tree Fractions Who… Read More