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STEM: It's All About the HOW

Posted by Sherry Gick on March 28, 2019

As an educator, there are many different trends and words that seem to make the rounds through our world of education.  The same seems to be true of “STEM” which has definitely been quite the buzz for the last 5 years or so, but is it just a trend?  

I’m here to say, it most definitely is NOT!

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Topics: critical thinking, engagement, teaching strategies, education, teaching, explore, pedagogy, teacher

Playing Scarecrow: Getting Students to Think

Posted by Adam Cole on May 26, 2017

This is the fifth post of an eight-part series about classroom activities that will help raise student engagement and create awesome learning experiences for kids! Check out other posts within this series: Making ConnectionsReflectCuriosity and Learning: An Explorer's Guide, and Producing the Future.

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Topics: critical thinking, teaching strategies, education, teaching, pyxis

The Truth about What is True: Teaching Students How to Think

Posted by Brad Fischer on September 29, 2016

This just in:

  • Inner-city crime in the United States is reaching record levels. (Source: Donald Trump).
  • You are three times more likely to be able to get a mortgage if you’re a white applicant than if you’re a black or Hispanic, even if you have the same credentials. (Source: Hillary Clinton)
  • Due to a shortage of men, Iceland will pay $5,000 per month to immigrants who marry Icelandic women. (Source: Email from random person.)
  • If you say “Candyman, Candyman, Candyman” in the closet with your lights off, the candyman will stick a poisonous lollypop up your mouth and it will kill you. (Source: My 9-year-old daughter’s friend).
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Topics: critical thinking, logical thinking, problem solving, questioning, teaching strategies