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Educator Spotlight: Recreating Expeditions as Video Games

Michael Stanley drew out middle school students’ curiosity about the world while they brainstormed about personal explorations. Students also investigated a real-world scientific expedition and created an educational video game as a way to share their research with a wider audience. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Recreating Expeditions as Video Games

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Pick Up Your End-of-Year Energy with Our Professional Development Opportunities

Springtime for teachers can waver between exhaustion and exhilaration. “Interestingly enough,” one educator noted in an ASCD essay on End of the Year Reflections, “I would find myself re-energized and ready to start daydreaming about my next year. What would my students be like? How could I rearrange my room? What new practices could I implement that would totally overhaul and revolutionize my instruction? My … Continue reading Pick Up Your End-of-Year Energy with Our Professional Development Opportunities

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11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned … … teachers work more unpaid overtime than anyone else. Tell us something we don’t know! Check out our professional development opportunities to help alleviate unpaid OT.   … the Cook Islands may literally redefine themselves. Where are the Cook Islands? Use our downloadable 1-Page Map to find these Pacific archipelagoes.   … Scandinavian Americans are tiring of lutefisk, but African … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

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Educator Spotlight: Taking Action to Bolster the Bee Population

Kim Heckart integrated science and literacy in an inquiry unit investigating the declining bee population. Her third-graders used nonfiction texts to research the reasons behind the decline. They also communicated the problem to their school community and created bee “hotels” to help provide habitat for bees. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Taking Action to Bolster the Bee Population