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13 Aug

Why I’m Teaching Computer Science in my Middle School Math Classes

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By Amy Thorpe For the very first time in my 12-year teaching career, my students will be learning computer science in our math classroom.  Coincidentally, I just learned how to code over the summer, and even though I’m new to this, I know for certain this is the best move I can make for my...

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13 Aug

Social Emotional Learning: Why Does it Matter?

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This series of Social-Emotional articles is written by Victoria Kirgesner In our last post, we talked about what social-emotional learning is. Today, we’ll dive into an arguably more important discussion: why it matters and why it’s crucial for student success.  Think back, if you will, t...

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5 Aug

Top 10 Free Coding Resources for Students that will Change Your Classroom

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When today’s students enter the future workforce, there will be significantly more technology jobs than ever before, and a vast majority of students will need to be equipped with computer science skills to be successful in their careers. Coding and programming have become essential skills that stu...

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4 Aug

The ULTIMATE LIST of STEM PROJECTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

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Chaos, mischief, mayhem, commotion, madness! Well, we're not just putting random words together- it looks like STEM activities in a middle school classroom! But can we even blame them? They are, of course, the little trucks of energy. What if you can put this energy to good use without losing your p...

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3 Aug

Out-STEM-ing Teacher Feature: Social Emotional Learning Saved My Life

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Please enjoy our Out-STEM-ing Teacher Feature for August 2nd, 2021 Do you know an out-STEM-ing educator? Nominate them here!  SEL for Everyone: Out-STEM-ing Educator, Tristan Love Tristan Love is passionate about making school a safe and supportive place to learn, grow and develop....

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29 Jul

COVID-19 & Education: How to Motivate your Students to learn STEM remotely

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Fact: You don’t want to get infected, nor to infect your students. There is a simple solution to stop the spread of this virus, and it is staying at home. As some educators around the world are saying, they did not sign up to be online teachers, just as their students (and their families) didn’...

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20 Jul

Radically Change how you Teach the Big 5 Computer Science Coding Concepts

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By: Dr. Sharon Torrence Jones, Founder, thedot. Consulting & Dottie Rose Foundation “The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculation.” Leo Cherne- American economist, public serv...

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15 Jul

What is Social-Emotional Learning and Why is it the MOST Important Skill to Teach

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This series of Social-Emotional articles is written by Victoria Kirgesner Any educator can tell you the buzzwords that are on their administration’s and colleagues’ lips. Just a few years ago, every professional development seemed to be about “increasing rigor in the classroom” or “differ...

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15 Jul

I Taught My Elementary Kids Coding and it CHANGED Their WORLD

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Coding is considered a foundational literacy skill for the digital age.It isjust like learning about reading and writing, but instead of reading and writing paragraphs of a story, children are reading and writing in computer code. It is comparable to learning awhole newlanguage! When children learn...

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12 Jul

*FREE RESOURCE* How to Select a Gamified Computer Science Platform for Your District

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Check out the FREE RESOURCE located at the bottom of this article and get started on bringing gamified computer science to your district! Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a digitally connected world and workforce with constantly evolving technology. As educators integrate computer sc...

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