I am a recent graduate of Wright State University. I am certified to teach PK-3, and I am taking classes to get my Generalist Endorsement (4-5).
Sun, May 20, 2018 8:21 PM in Our Human-Plant Connection
I completely support the idea of having plants all year round. First of all, I believe that it teaches students a sense of responsibility because taking careof plants and harvesting them takes a lot of time and effort. It also allows them to take pride in their work. I was recently in a 5th grade classroom that had a tower garden. They have grown different crops all year round including ar...
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Sun, May 20, 2018 8:06 PM in Your Top 5 coolest low tech STEM activities
Hello! I recently had my students create boats that had to be able to float as well as support weight as an activity at the end of a lesson about buoyancy. I paired them up and gave each group two foam cups, 2 plastic straws, and one square foot of foil, pastic wrap, and wax paper. I also gave each group 1 foot of masking tape. They did not have to use all of the supplies either. They were allowe...
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From the Editor’s Desk: Tips for Project-Based Learning
Sun, May 20, 2018 8:54 PM Project-Based Learning for Beginners!
"Tips for Project-Based Learning" is a great concise, to-the-point article for teachers who are new to project-based learning or for teachers who are considering incorporating project-based learning into their classrooms. Each tip is well-written in terms that are easily understood. I really like how the writer included an example of a project that her students participated in along with her tips.This example of her students' bird projects continues throughout the article and paints a picture for the reader. Some of the highlights from this article are how she phrases her introduction question that allows for investigation, how she incorporates mini-lessons into her projects to share important information, and how she helps students self-reflect after the completion of their projects. I would recommend that all teachers who are curious about project-based learning add this article to their library and use it as a guide as you begin your journeys through project-based learning.
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