STEAM Lesson Plan: The Marshmallow Tower

The Marshmallow Tower: Grades 5-6 In this lesson, students will use marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti to create a freestanding tower. The goal of this lesson is to help students understand engineering and the importance of teamwork. Materials Needed Per Group 20 sticks of spaghetti one yard of tape one yard of string one marshmallow Preparation[…]

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Initiating Parent Contact

Chances are, you’re at least one or two weeks into the school year by now. Have you spoken to all of your students’ parents yet? Although it might seem like an overwhelming task–especially in the upper grades when you may have contact with over one hundred students every day–establishing lines of communication with parents/guardians is[…]

Mysteries of The Teachers’ Lounge

As a student, the teachers’ lounge was a place of mystery and intrigue (and, depending on when you went to school, there may have been a faint smell of cigarette smoke when you walked by). If you ever got to peek inside the lounge before getting hurried away, you saw a strictly grown-up area devoid[…]

You’re Not A Teacher

Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not a teacher. Sure, you spent four-plus years learning about best practices and pedagogy and have created captivating lessons that align with state standards and benchmarks, but…you’re not a teacher. A teacher instructs, plain and simple. If you were trying to teach yourself how to use your[…]

Keep the Magic of Summer Alive

Based on the thousands of social media posts on our newsfeeds…school is officially back in session. Sure, kids are dressed to the nines and have shiny new notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils to mark the occasion, but they also still have…summer energy. You know summer energy. It’s different. It’s magical. It’s based on carefree days[…]

Discovery Learning Method

It’s a picture we’ve seen all too often: an elementary school student slumped over at his desk, bored and restless, his face barely supported in his hands. He is trying not to fall asleep as his teacher drills content about basic anatomy: the heart is here, the lungs are here, the kidneys are here…The teacher[…]