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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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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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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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