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You Can’t Spell STEAM without TEA

You Can't Spell STEAM without TEA

Teaching STEAM requires that I learn every day. Somedays, I need to be smarter than I really am. Long ago, I learned that these demanding brain moments can be eased with the right amount of caffeine. Looking for the right amount of caffeine has lead me on a tour of so many delicious sources. At…

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In Praise of Really Long Projects

In Praise of Long Projects

As a specialist serving all the kids in the school, one of my greatest fears is that one student’s work in progress won’t make it from one week to the next. I have rolling shelves, and a culture of “put your name on it.” This is a far from perfect system, and it is the…

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STEAM is Intimidating!

STEAM is Intimidating

I’m just going to start with an unsubstantiated statement: STEAM/ STEM is used more by marketers than teachers. what they hope you don’t notice is that this label is usually just slapped on the bundled gee gaw of simple experiments that are relatively unchanged in the last 70 years. I am the STEAM coordinator for…

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7 steps for Inspiring Creativity in Young Makers

Inspiring Creativity

Keeping My Assumptions in Check In my STEAMspace at Echo Horizon school, we support empowered innovative learners by asking students to make many of their own decisions, even with our youngest makers. When I started teaching my youngest students I had to keep my own assumptions in check and make sure I was giving them…

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