What to Focus on in your TpT Store

During our time on TpT, we have seen consistent growth. We don't believe this is an accident. We have focused on improving and refining 3 points of our store that are now paying significant dividends. 

The 3 points are simple and obvious to understand, but we continue to take time and patience to improve and master. The goal of each of these is to bring greater clarity to your resource. 

How to Organize a Winter Games STEM Competition in Your Classroom

The Winter Games begin next month and the learning opportunities for students are endless! One activity that is sure to ENGAGE is hosting a STEM Winter Games competition in your classroom.

To begin students will need to be placed into groups of 2 or 3. Assign each group a country participating in the Winter Games or let students choose their own country. Have students research their country and present their findings to the class.

Engage Students in the New Year with STEM

The new year is always a great time for teachers to reflect on the school year. What things are going well in your classroom? What aspects could use some improvement?

Are students engaged in learning? Are they collaborating with one another and using problem solving skills on a daily or weekly basis? 

Have you tried STEM in your classroom? If not the new year is the perfect time to get on board with STEM!

3 Things Culturally Responsive Educators Teach About Thanksgiving

November has arrived, and I can almost smell the turkey and stuffing. Although Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, (I mean who doesn't love to eat?!), it is definitely not one of my favorite holidays to teach about. 

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the topic of Thanksgiving. While teachers may set out to do justice to the holiday, exploring this topic in an honest and meaningful way is no easy task. Nevertheless, as culturally responsive teachers, it is our responsibility to provide accurate information in an effort to discourage the spreading of harmful cultural stereotypes.