Increasing Hands-On Learning in STEM Classrooms

As an engineering teacher, finding ways for my middle school students to effectively use technology, to make important scientific connections as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and to take ownership of their own learning, is what it’s all about.

Creating a classroom environment that emphasizes hands-on learning not only encourages students to be active participants during the learning process, but it helps instill a passion for science education within them that hopefully lasts well beyond their time in my class. 

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The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.

E. O. Wilson

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The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math caucus still exists in Congress. It’s relatively bi-partisan, founded in 2005 by Vernon Ehlers, a Republican, and Mark Udall, a Democrat.

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How STEAM Education Benefits Students at a Young Age

Children need to explore and to discover. This is how you innovate; you fail your way to your answer. “Scientists fail all the time; we just brand it differently. We call it ‘data’, said Ainissa Ramirez.

Students at every age should be encouraged to think deeply so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our future. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) inspires students to think more broadly and to solve problems with a hands-on approach.

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5 Quick Tips to Motivate Reluctant Writers Today

As educators who teach writing, we’ve all heard the moans and groans from our students. They don’t want to write because they dislike it and feel self-conscious. They’ve stored years’ worth of negative feelings and experiences about writing, and all that baggage travels with them into our classrooms, dragging them down and souring their dispositions before we’ve even gotten started.

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National group: North Carolina teacher pay moves up rankings

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s standing on teacher pay keeps improving compared to other states. The National Education Association released on Tuesday its annual teacher salary rankings. The data show North Carolina ranked 34th in average teacher pay during the 2017-18 school year at more than $51,200, compared to 38th the year before.

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Florida bill defines anti-Semitism, prohibits discrimination

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would define anti-Semitism under Florida law and prohibit religion-based discrimination at public schools and universities is advancing in the Legislature. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit speech that makes dehumanizing or stereotypical allegations about the Jewish community, or that compares contemporary Israeli policies to those of Nazi Germany.

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Louisiana school board backs governor’s teacher raise plan

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ push to give Louisiana public schoolteachers a pay raise and school districts their first spending increase in years won support Tuesday from the state’s top school board. Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education backed the K-12 public school financing formula proposed by the Democratic governor for the 2019-20 school year. A final vote will come Wednesday. Then, the formula will move to state lawmakers for consideration.

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Teachers highlight value of students learning to read music

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Music teacher Beverly Pierce says music is an international language if one learns to read it. “My daughter’s friend is a piano player from Czechoslovakia,” Pierce, who has taught music for 44 years — including six years at Nettleton School District, said to The Jonesboro Sun. The friend’s music came from the Eastern European country, but because of music, there was no language barrier. Read More »

New coalition provides athletic shoes for school kids

MONROE, La. (AP) — A new coalition is providing athletic shoes for 40 children at one Louisiana elementary school. Members learned that children were coming to the office at Barkdull Faulk Elementary School in Monroe, crying because their shoes were too small and hurt their feet, or were falling apart, LSU AgCenter nutrition agent Markaye Russell said in a news release Friday. Those problems made it hard for the children to participate in physical education classes or run and play at recess, she said. Physical activity lowers the risk of obesity, which is a big problem in Louisiana.

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