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Starting The School Year: Full STEAM Ahead!

Hey! We are still working on the next vlog in our series about the Next Generation Science Standards, which will cover crosscutting concepts, but we wanted to share some resources with you that might help you plan the start of your school year! Check out the links below for some easy ways to enhance your …

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The Simple Guide to an Incredibly Useful Theory Called Interactive Spatial Learning

I’m going to share a bit of background with you before I outline Interactive Spatial Learning (ISL) and how it can help structure your classroom and your teaching. Constructivism  As a beginning teacher, I was taught the theory of constructivism. This theory basically means that people learn by constructing meaning from their interactions and experiences …

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How to Incorporate STEM Thinking into Your Craft and Art Lessons

 Classroom learning is subject-specific, even though organic learning in the real world is cross-curricular, experiential, and contextual. A thematic approach toward teaching subjects in a cross-curricular fashion can reinforce conceptual understandings by exposing students to the same information in different ways. Art, for instance, is a fantastic way to visualize and communicate scientific models, …

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Craft Or STEM – A Handy Flow Chart to Help You Figure Out What Your Activity Is

Not all art is STEM and not all STEM is art.  We’ve made a handy tool to help you determine some of the differences!  Here’s a preview! To get a PDF of the flow chart, subscribe to our newsletter below! Subscribing will give you instant access to the download, as well as weekly resources and …

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Tips for Adding Rigor to Your Elementary Classroom STEM Lessons

A common issue we find in classrooms is the use of STEM-related activities (such as worksheets, learning to code, makerspace builds, video creation, writing blogs, doing crafts, etc.) that are passed off as rigorous STEM projects. The learning of a technology or a skill as an outcome (like video creation, blogs, etc.) needs to be …

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