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The thought of starting your very own School Makerspace can be daunting. You’ve read about Makerspaces and seen their potential, but where do you start?…
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Mobile Classroom Storage: Cut Down on Clutter with these Innovative Solutions
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While traditional classroom furniture and teaching models are still popular, many school districts are making the shift toward collaborative learning environments and mobile furniture. Why the shift? …
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Infographic: The Science of Classroom Layout and Design
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Next, get a sense of the type of STEM (or STEAM) program your school will implement initially. Or, if you already have a STEM program, how do you want it to grow? Let the method and scope of STEM teaching drive classroom layout. STEM can be taught in only one classroom or one subject, such as math or science, or it can be taught closely integrated, with teachers …
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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.”…
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Whoever thought coding – and the people who do it – would be, well, cool? Clearly, it’s time to redefine “cool” in today’s 21st Century classrooms. If fact, students are so crazy about coding, that educators are scrambling to catch-up. That means training teachers, finding resources, and building coding into classroom plans.…
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“When I first started talking about standing desks two years ago, people were shocked. But when I describe the benefits of using these desks to boost classroom performance and combat kids’ sedentary lifestyles, school administrators say, ‘It makes sense. Let’s do that.’” …
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Students sit in thousands of different positions. Upright, slouched, twisted, tilted, straddling their seats. They stretch out their legs, sit on them, cross them, bounce them. They balance on the front of their chair or precariously teeter on the back, tempting gravity – and common sense. They’re kids!…
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