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THE BEST STEM READ ALOUDS

Here are some of my favorites STEM books for kids that you can add to your collection today!  Before starting a STEM or building challenge, I always read a book with my class. I love connecting literacy, sitting together on the carpet, and engaging my students in discussions. There are

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How to Host Back to School Night

The school year is underway & you may be thinking about back-to-school night! Teachers are already busy getting lesson plans prepared, getting to know students, organizing the classroom… making your back to school night simple will help ease your mind! CHAT LIVE If you do not need to meet in

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Socially Distanced STEM

STEM is about problem solving, and that is something we ALL need to do right now. Who would have thought we would be teaching from our homes? The 2020-21 school year really feels like Elsa going into the unknown.  We do not know what to expect, what can change overnight,

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How to ROCK STEM on a Cart

They see me rollin…… This may give you a chuckle, but when you find you must teach on a cart, there is nothing funny about that! Not to worry, STEM on a cart is still possible!!! For a year and a half, I taught STEM from a cart to 200

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THE SECRET TO MANAGING STEM TEAMS

STEM is all about teamwork, however, students sometimes have difficulties working together. The ideal situation is for every student to participate, share their ideas, and complete a task. Instead, I would often find students arguing, sitting, and doing nothing, angry or sad at their teammates. I knew something had to

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Foolproof Tips for Coding With Ozobots

Ozobots can be so much fun, but sometimes give you multiple problems. Here are some of the troubleshooting tricks I have discovered along the years of using Ozobots. I first purchased Ozobots for my classroom in 2015!! What really drew me in, was that that they do not need a

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MAXIMIZING Time in STEM CLASS

Are you struggling with shortened class periods? The biggest difference between being a classroom teacher and a specials teacher, is that you can not overlap time. If you’re in the middle of a STEM challenge in a homeroom, you can always extend into the next period, put your materials aside

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The Drop Proof iPad Case: RUG-ED

Do you freak out every time a student carries an iPad across the room??? Do you worry when your students stand up from the table?? I know I do, but not anymore!! My iPads are now protected by the Rud-Ed ProLOCK case. This case is extremely durable, drop proof, yet

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5 essential things for Distance Learning

Looking for some new tools while you teach from home? Here are some of my favorites!! Click here to view all of my favorites on Amazon. Hue Camera The HUE HD Pro is a great tool that can act as a web cam, document cam, and much more. Normally I

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helpful Tips for Teaching from Home

FIVE weeks in quarantine! I Can’t believe it, and I still remember doubting that school would even close. This is the fifth week at home and I really have not left my house except for three grocery store runs. It is definitely a time we all will never forget.  Here

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10 FREE APPS FOR DISTANT LEARNING

Are you looking for activities to share with your students? Here are 10 of my favorite FREE apps and how I use them.  BOX ISLAND This is a basic coding app. Students move arrows to program a box through different paths. 20 levels are offered for free. Perfect for as

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