World Oceans Day: 5 Ways to Take Action

Posted by Lindsey Sönmez on June 05, 2020

Did you know that oceans make up 71% of Earth’s surface? Or that oceans contain 99% of Earth’s area that can be inhabited by plants and animals? That’s a lot of ocean! Unfortunately, pollution has taken an increasing toll on our planet’s largest bodies of water, putting the oceans and their inhabitants in grave danger.

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Math Teacher Writer Highlight: Alicia Chiasson

Posted by David Alviar on May 08, 2020

When her school district adopted STEMscopes Science in 2016, Alicia Chiasson knew there was something special about it. A 6th-grade math and science teacher with 27 years of experience, Chiasson loved how each scope (lesson) is rooted in inquiry. She was so happy with the results in her classroom that she decided to join the STEMscopes team as a curriculum writer in January 2018.

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Topics: math, teacher writers

10 Climate-Friendly Actions to Support Earth Day 2020

Posted by Alexandra Hopkins on April 22, 2020

In 1970, 20 million Americans came together for the very first Earth Day to raise awareness of the massive impact humanity has on our planet, as well as the urgent need to protect it. On its 50th anniversary, we’re still working toward the same goal, but on a much larger scale and with a greater sense of urgency, especially regarding this year’s theme, climate action. 

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Topics: Earth Day, everyday science

Self-Directed Learning

Posted by Clare Agostinelli on April 16, 2020

Reflecting on my days as a teacher, I remember that I’d plan my lesson instruction leaving space and freedom for students to practice self-directed learning. Witnessing students dive into their own cognitive thinking and personal interests and associations while exploring content is simply euphoric for a teacher. This is when you can let go for a bit, and sit back and watch the natural explorer in your students. We have the perfect opportunity to purposefully foster self-directed learning. We’ve pulled together some instructional tips for  incorporating self-directed learning into your students’ education.

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Maintaining Student-Teacher Connections During Remote Learning

Posted by David Alviar on April 15, 2020

Imagine this scenario: a star 5th grader is forced to stay home from school but continue learning. She’s accustomed to earning teachers’ praise and loves being the center of attention when she demonstrates her knowledge at the board. What happens when these special moments evaporate? She’ll probably turn to her parents for recognition. But they may be too busy maintaining their careers, managing a new kind of household routine, and caring for her younger siblings. 

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Topics: COVID-19, teaching online, distance learning, "remote learning", virtual teaching