Category: Space Science

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Choose Hard

Is learning in your classroom hard? Do kids struggle to figure things out? Do you step back and allow them the breathing room to get to that point where internal frustration pushes their minds to find the solution and they reach a goal they never even realized they could?  I hope so.   It can be hard to do this. To support and guide, without relieving all of their struggle.  It’s not the way I was trained in college.  Somewhere along the teaching road, there became this false sense that making learning easy, fast, and right in front of kids...

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Beyond the Curriculum

Yesterday was one of THOSE days.  The kind where you are like, “Wow, this teaching thing? I kinda just totally love it.”  You know, where engagement is at an all time high, kids are collaborating, and learning? It’s in the air. They were building model Mars rovers.  I know, many would say, “But THAT is not in the curriculum. Building a Mars Rover is not EVEN a Common Core State Standard.”  But in that one little activity came so much learning.  So much thought, connecting, and real authentic experiences with the curriculum along the way. We’ve been studying Mars and...

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No Limits, Just Learning

No limits. Just questions, exploring, thinking, building on each other’s thoughts, connection to self, connection to each other, connection to the world.  Just authentic projects born out of the thoughts of kids with standards weaved in wherever they naturally fall.  No hours of lecture telling kids things. Just kids rising above expectations and out-thinking the teacher.  No ‘Googling’ solutions.  Just figuring things out through creative, innovative, and collaborative problem solving.  No kids asking “Why do I have to learn this?” Just kids digging in deep. So engaged they lose track of time.  So interested they crave more.  No limits. Just...

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Curiosity Sparks Learning

On August 6 Mars Rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars. So what does this mean for your classroom?  Learning opportunities!  Wait… what’s that?  You don’t teach space science?  Mars Rover isn’t a “standard” in your curriculum?  That’s okay… it fits!  Integrating STEM into student learning will not only excite and engage them, it will help make learning real for them.  Throw out a question and get them thinking. Build on their natural curiosity.  A great question? It will have kids craving to learn and they’ll start asking more and more questions! How about…..? Sequence of Events: Instead of...