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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

Developing 21st Century Citizens During Digital Citizenship Week 2018

Posted by Katie Bradford on September 6, 2018

Beginning in kindergarten, students are taught how to be good citizens.  We teach them the importance of being honest, trustworthy, kind, respectful, responsible, and safe.  Students read books, analyze characters, watch videos, and act out scenarios to discuss and practice each of the skills needed to help make the world a better place.  

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Topics: teaching strategies, technology in the classroom, education, teaching, elearning

One Size Doesn’t Fit All!

Posted by Kara Yates on May 11, 2018

It used to be, “One size fits all,” then, “One size fits most.” Finally, Burger King announced, “You can have it your way,” and the floodgates blew wide open.

Learners today require that teachers get to know them as individuals and tailor instruction to meet their individual needs to help them gain maximum growth throughout the year. Personalized learning has become one of the newest “edu phrases” of the year. Teachers are working overtime to meet the needs of their students, but are districts doing the same for their teachers?

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Topics: professional development, teaching, pyxis, administrators, personalized learning

Winding Down, Gearing Up

Posted by Keshia Seitz on April 20, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of the year again - SPRING! With warmer weather in the forecast and a little over a month left until summer vacation, many administrators struggle to find time to get everything done to finish up the school year. This time crunch makes it especially hard to research ways to help their teachers reflect on the year while also inspiring them to try & learn new things over the summer. If that’s you, then you are in luck! Below are a few easy ways that my schools “WIND DOWN” and “GEAR UP” for the new school year. Enjoy!

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Topics: professional development, teaching strategies, time outside the classroom, action planning, education, teaching, leadership, pyxis, administrators

Considering eLearning for Snow Days? 

Posted by Lisa Cutshall on January 17, 2018

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Many parents and school faculty are looking for ways to keep the learning going, despite inclement weather closings and delays, as the snow days pile up. eLearning Days offer an opportunity to avoid disrupted learning, develop digital communication and application skills, and keep those days from accumulating later in the year when everyone is ready for spring or summer break. Be sure to keep these tips in mind when planning for some awesome eLearning with students...

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Topics: technology, education, teaching, elearning

Modeling by Example

Posted by Adam Cole on June 23, 2017

This is the final post of our eight-part series about classroom activities that will help raise student engagement and create awesome learning experiences for kids! You can check out other posts within this series here!

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Topics: modeling, teaching strategies, education, teaching, pyxis

For Students, Sharing Is More About Getting Than Giving

Posted by Adam Cole on June 16, 2017

This is the seventh post of an eight-part series about classroom activities that will help raise student engagement and create awesome learning experiences for kids! You can check out other posts within this series here!

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Topics: teaching strategies, education, teaching, pyxis, sharing

Collaboration Is a Life Well Lived

Posted by Adam Cole on June 7, 2017

This is the sixth post of an eight-part series about classroom activities that will help raise student engagement and create awesome learning experiences for kids! You can check out other posts within this series here!

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Topics: collaboration, teaching strategies, education, teaching, pyxis

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

Producing the Future

Posted by Adam Cole on May 18, 2017

This is the fourth 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 ConnectionsReflect, and Curiosity and Learning: An Explorer's Guide.

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Topics: teaching strategies, education, teaching, pyxis, produce