6 Effective Design Elements of a STEM Classroom

Centered around project-based learning, an effective STEM classroom fosters a positive culture that allows students to problem-solve, collaborate, create, test ideas, and build with their hands. The goal of stem classroom design is to inspire students to think, innovate, prototype, and research in teams. Here are 6 effective STEM Classroom Design elements that you can … Continue reading 6 Effective Design Elements of a STEM Classroom

Dealing with the December Dilemma

In recent years, some concerned citizens have expressed outrage with public schools promoting the religious aspects of Christmas, claiming they turn the classroom into a church. Others have expressed outrage with public schools acknowledging only the secular aspect of that holiday, without touching on the underlying reasons that it exists in the first place, especially … Continue reading Dealing with the December Dilemma

Active Sitting Benefits in Classroom and Workplace

Research has shown that incorporating motion into the classroom (and the workplace) promotes creativity and learning. Students and adults need to move and this can help them feel active and alert, which in turn helps their learning and productivity. Motion in the Classroom In addition to incorporating physical activities into the classroom, Active Sitting is … Continue reading Active Sitting Benefits in Classroom and Workplace

Getting Funding for Your New Classroom

We all have big dreams for the things that we’d like to do in our schools.  Designing active learning spaces.  Creating makerspace environments.  Putting powerful technology into the hands of our students. Unfortunately, our budgets aren’t always as big as our dreams.  The money is out there if you put in a little time and … Continue reading Getting Funding for Your New Classroom

Helping Kids Deal with the Bad News on Television

In the past few weeks, every time you turn on the TV or hop onto social media, it seems that all we see is devastation—hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, a huge earthquake in Mexico and now the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Bad news seems to be everywhere and constantly on the news. … Continue reading Helping Kids Deal with the Bad News on Television

Keep Your Classroom Healthy with Meditation!

School just started and the flu season is quickly approaching. So every year, you keep your classroom clean, you teach hygiene, encourage healthy eating and exercise, but have you tried meditation? Meditation isn’t just for our mental health! A healthy, relaxed mind can help the body fight off infection. It just might help keep the … Continue reading Keep Your Classroom Healthy with Meditation!

Labor Day and the Fight over the School Calendar

For many families, Labor Day is a welcome extension to the final weekend of summer. Some even take their summer vacation the week before Labor Day. But in school districts and states across the country, the day has become a battleground between legislators, educators and the tourism industry. The battle over when school starts: before … Continue reading Labor Day and the Fight over the School Calendar

Teacher’s Back-to-School Checklist

  Three weeks before the term begins:• Hit the back-to-school sales for supplies • Order any supplies your district allows. • Gather the other supplies you may need. • Create a course overview for the year. • Join at least one professional organization. • Decide on the resources you will need for each unit of … Continue reading Teacher’s Back-to-School Checklist