“My students’ ability to collaborate has greatly improved, no matter who’s in their group. Their confidence in trying new things has skyrocketed, too. They’re given opportunities to explore, fail, and not give up. I love seeing that.” So much so that she has her eye on securing funding to create O’Dell’s first “STEMineers”
The opportunity to furnish a classroom is exciting. The opportunity to develop and direct the furnishing of an entire new primary school is extraordinary, especially when that school must seamlessly integrate into a beloved, 113-year-old educational institutional.
As an elementary school occupational therapist, Megan Kelly Petersen has a trained eye for spotting issues that hinder student learning. But she’s also tenacious at finding solutions, especially for kids who struggle to stay focused.
“I love my school!” is a comment that every educator longs to hear, especially those working with the most malleable of minds: preschoolers. That’s frequently happening at the newly opened District 59 Early Learning Center (ELC) in Mount Prospect, Illinois. The dynamic building is a modern example of how a bright, engaging early learning environment can incorporate 21st Century learning principles.
After attending a number of conferences and observing the creative learning opportunities offered by Makerspace education, Ryan Park Elementary School Principal Amy Heavin decided to put together a team to create her own Makerspace called “The Learning Lab” at her school. Here is their story.
Throughout history, oil booms have been a paradox. They can bring spectacular economic growth to a community and saddle them with acute growing pains. But for one West Texas school district, the boom has had a silver lining. It’s been the catalyst to fund collaborative 21st Century learning environments for the district’s youngest students, and
Two of us teachers started doing Genius Hour in our classrooms. Genius Hour is inspired by Google’s 20% projects where their employees have the freedom to work on their own creative projects 20% of the time, as long as the projects benefit the company. We wanted to give our students an opportunity to own their learning and research and create their own projects. We would always say, “What if we had our own school? We would do this or do that differently or better.”
DeSoto ISD took the STEM initiative of 21st century-learning that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to another level with the creation of their iSTEAM 3D academies. Designed last year and implemented in the district’s three middle schools, these academies are ground-breaking in both curriculum and design. THE CONCEPT FOR iSTEAM 3D ACADEMIES After