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How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 in the Classroom

Story County Public Health Registered Nurse, Treasa Ferrari from the Mary Greely Medical Center shares recommendations and tips from the Iowa Department of Public Health on how you can keep yourself safe from COVID-19 in the classroom. Treasa talks about handling manipulatives, mask suggestions, and routines. Teaching during the Coronavirus pandemic can be intimidating for …

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Designing Next Generation Learning Spaces That Motivate Your Students

“How many of you want to become a civil engineer?” Dr. Halil Ceylan asked of a small crowd of 1st-5th graders. Immediately three hands shot up. A small voice in the back asked, “What’s a civil engineer?” Rather than tell my group of Boys and Girls Club children (whom I refer to as my junior …

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3 Intuitive Strategies for Building Community in Your Classroom

A few years ago, I interviewed a group of undergraduate women in my local university’s Engineering Technology (ET) program to understand why it had an unsavory reputation for having a very low (1:25) ratio of female-to-male students. As one woman summarized, “It’s usually just that awkward moment when you walk into a class with like …

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