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Using Creative Projects to Help Students Engage With History

Using Creative Projects to Help Students Engage With History

Edutopia – Laura Lee When students engage with historical materials in creative ways like producing podcasts and photography projects, they find the work deeply meaningful, writes history teacher Sarah Cooper in “6 Takeaways From a History Podcast Project” for MiddleWeb. By working with primary source materials, students not only gain a better understanding of history but also develop skills needed to process current events, she says. Read...
Adapting Science Lessons for Distance Learning

Adapting Science Lessons for Distance Learning

Edutopia – Shawn Sutton In a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting, teachers have the ability to interact with students, flexibly spot-check understanding, and present learning material in an engaging manner. Our new normal of science teaching, the distance-learning model, has severely compromised these good instructional practices. In all likelihood, remote teaching will take up a meaningful part of the upcoming academic year. In this impersonal teaching environment, how might we maintain quality learning experiences for our students? Read...
Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

Edutopia – Rishi Srirami When Albert Einstein was a child, few people—if any—anticipated the remarkable contributions he would make to science. His language development was delayed, worrying his parents to the point of consulting a doctor. His sister once confessed that Einstein “had such difficulty with language that those around him feared he would never learn.” How did this child go from potential developmental delays to becoming, well, Einstein? Read...
Encouraging children into STEM throughout lockdown and beyond

Encouraging children into STEM throughout lockdown and beyond

Open Access Government – Staff Writer Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are academic disciplines that have an impact on our everyday lives. Taking tablets for a headache, video chatting to loved ones, driving to the shops or planning a monthly budget, each one has influence on what we do. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, despite schools starting to re-open, a lot of parents will still be left occupying the role of substitute STEM teachers but there is still a lot that can be done to help children learn these key skills at home. Read...
Better grades aren’t why more guys do STEM

Better grades aren’t why more guys do STEM

Futurity – Jordan Bennett While some STEM majors have a one-to-one male-to-female ratio, physics, engineering, and computer science (PECS) majors consistently have some of the largest gender imbalances among US college majors—with about four men to every woman in the major. In a new study in Science, New York University researchers report that men with very low high-school GPAs in math and science and very low SAT math scores were choosing these math-intensive majors just as often as women with much higher math and science achievement Read...