Kurt Mahan Inventionland Institute

Teacher Feature: Kurt Mahan, Brownsville Area School District

Kurt Mahan may be in his inaugural year of teaching the Inventionland Institute Curriculum, but he’s no stranger to the classroom or the world of business. Mahan, whose class list includes courses such as Intro to Business, Entrepreneurship, Banking and Personal Finance, Computer Applications, Marketing and Product Development, Broadcasting and Video Production, and Advanced Career[…]

Teachers Tell Us What Inspires Them

At Inventionland Institute, we recognize all of the hard work educators do both in and out of the classroom. From creating steam lesson plans that keep students engaged to grading papers to mentoring and coaching to managing IEPs and making phone calls home…not to mention running extracurricular activities and buying supplies for their classroom. It’s[…]

STEAM Lesson Plan: Make Your Own Mondrian

Make Your Own Mondrian: Grades 4-6 Piet Mondrian is considered the father of abstract art. In this STEAM lesson, students will learn about the artist, and use geometry to create their own works of art. Materials Needed Black Markers (thin and thick) Red Marker (thick) Blue Marker (thick) Yellow Marker (thick) White Construction Paper Rulers[…]

How To Properly Prepare Subs For a STEAM Classroom

Most teachers don’t want to take a day off from school during those precious first few months of classes. You’re getting to know your students, setting expectations, and creating a feeling of normalcy so when your students walk in your classroom, they always know what to expect. And if you’re teaching in a STEAM classroom,[…]

Teacher Feature: Meghan Hull, Berkshire Junior/Senior High School

Meghan Hull began her teaching career 15 years ago, but, like any seasoned pro, knows that she constantly has to change what and how she teaches in order to meet the needs of her students. Berkshire School District implemented Inventionland Institute’s curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year and she is helping both students and teachers[…]

Parent teacher conference

Helpful Tips on Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences

What is it about parent-teacher conferences that makes parent nervous? Is it our past coming back to haunt us? Maybe it’s the idea of having to sit at a desk again? Or Maybe it’s that we know that our child is frighteningly similar to ourselves and hasn’t quite finished every homework assignment and “maybe” doesn’t[…]

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[…]

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[…]