Pros and Cons of the STEM Education Initiative

Pros and Cons of the STEM Education Initiative Definition of STEM Education: NSTA or National Science Teachers Association defines this as: an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the … [Read more...]

Positive Behavior through a Rewards Program

The Undeniable Truth of Positive Behavior through a Reward Program! Educators are always looking for ways to encourage positive behavior. Going to great lengths to spark enthusiasm into the learning process. Creating beautiful charts, dangling paper money or tokens into the equation, and offering gadgets and events as cash in rewards. But is a reward program an effective way to change bad … [Read more...]

Diagnoses Impacting Learning and Behavior

There are 3 different types of diagnoses impacting learning and behavior in children. This post will be exploring sleep deprivation, social anxiety, and scotopic sensitivity syndrome.  Recent research has shown that one or more of these diagnoses could have a direct impact on learning and behavior in children of all ages. If you answer “YES” to any of these statements, one or more of the above … [Read more...]

Free Writing Templates

Free Writing Templates Using these free writing templates during the drafting stage of writing, can help students in the writing process.  These writing templates help writers explore a topic, purpose, audience, genre, and content. Drafting helps students to expand upon, clarify, and modify initial writing plans and ideas.  Charts can help organize the writer's content into a meaningful sequence … [Read more...]

Free STEM Activities

Free STEM Activities STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Some of these free activities have all the STEM components. Others provide a science experiment that requires an engineering component. Click on each title and download the directions. Catch the Penny Crazy Ball Bounce Money Bingo Race Car Ramps Taste Buds White Light Rainbows and … [Read more...]

Free Weekly Reading Charts

Free Weekly Reading Charts Literary analysis is a vital stage in the development of students' critical thinking skills. These free weekly reading charts can help students find meaning and purpose in reading.  Each weekly reading chart has a specific purpose and helps to develop higher level thinking skills.  These charts are a fillable PDF or can be printed out and filled in by hand. A time … [Read more...]

Wake up the Brain!

Wake Up the Brain! Brain Benders are activities that help to wake up the brain!  These activities engage the learner and help to develop creative and critical thinking skills. They are short, fun activities that allow students to start thinking! Coin Puzzle Cards Deck of Cards Ink Blots Patterns Galore Selfie Art … [Read more...]