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Space Race

The Soviet Union’s jump-start to space exploration, with the launching of Sputnik in 1957, left egg on America’s face and galvanized the Space Race that would last between the two nations well into the next decade. I was just two years old in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy announced, “I believe that this nation […]

Plan a Family STEAM Night!

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It has recently become more common to add the “A”, or art, to STEM education to make it STEAM education. It is not only a popular trend in education, but it also makes a lot of sense! The world is not sectioned off into subject specific experiences! Learning all of these skills together engages the […]

STEM Guide for Teachers

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You’ve probably noticed that STEM and STEAM are really buzzy terms in the field of education these days. If you are new to the teaching field, or even a veteran ready to liven up your lessons, then this is a great time to leap into STEM. However, as an already very busy teacher, it can […]

Teaching Common Core By Teaching Environmental Science

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April 22nd is Earth Day. I’ll be spending it in my daughter’s elementary school, helping to coordinate an all-day “Science Day” for a building full of eager kindegarteners through third graders. It wasn’t until I had kids and started looking at their curriculum that I began to wonder how key ideas and concepts could be […]

What is Inquiry Based Science Curriculum?

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With so many different approaches to teaching science, sometimes curriculum can be mystifying to parents and novice teachers. This is a brief overview of the inquiry science model and how it fits into today’s science standards. Inquiry based science teaching is a way to frame science topics and questions so that students are driven by […]

Unpacking BIG Discoveries for Little Learners

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There have been so many exciting scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in the past few years. Most recently, all the buzz is around the confirmation of gravitational waves, theorized by Einstein a century ago. The question for me as an educator is always how to share these important advances in science with students. How does one […]

Pathways to Science: Making Meaningful, Authentic Connections with Scientists in the Classroom

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To maintain student interest in science it is crucial to keep them involved and keep the science authentic. Let’s look at two programs that give students the opportunity to make meaningful connections with professional scientists. Both are easy to incorporate into existing curriculum or for use in a club or afterschool program. We’ll start off […]

Common Core and Content Can Get Along

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Not a day can go by without someone criticizing the Common Core State Standards or blaming the Common Core for all that ails our public education system. And while assessments are usually the prime target for Common Core haters, the standards’ emphasis on non-fiction texts have drawn greater scrutiny in recent months. No, I’m not […]

First Steps to Teaching Science

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There are a lot of aspects of teaching that are learned best through experience, however many systems and approaches can be shared and can save new science teachers a lot of trouble. Although I will never consider myself a “master” teacher, I do hope my insights can help you navigate the minefield of teaching science. […]

What If The Dinner Table Was The Key to Teaching Tolerance – #VibeEdu #VibeIsrael

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This is just one in a series of ongoing posts on the educational innovations in Israel. You can see additional coveragehere. When Michael Biton took the role as Mayor of Yeruham, a small desert city, made up of about 10,000 mostly Israeli immigrants he had some challenges to realize one of his visions for the […]

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