Tag: lesson planning

Integrating 3D Printers Into Your Curriculum

By Scott Sterling When adopting a STEM approach or creating a makerspace, acquiring a 3D printer is high on the wish list. They tend to be the most popular efforts on education crowdfunding sites, especially as prices come down. The problem is that not too many people understand a 3D

Four Steps to Defining Your Legacy as a Teacher

By Theresa Staley Of all the things you do in this life, make it your mission to leave a lasting imprint on your students that’s so bold, it defines your legacy and resonates well into the future. But what exactly is a legacy and what does it have to do with

Teaching Strategies for New Content: Collaborative Strategies

By Scott Sterling This is the second in a series of three blog posts discussing research-based teaching strategies that help students interact and eventually assimilate new knowledge. Education is all about presenting previously-unknown knowledge to students and have them incorporate that learning into comprehension. But as any educator will tell

Election Day Classroom Activities

By Scott Sterling Although there have been aspects of this campaign that are not appropriate for the classroom, It’s still important for students to understand and even participate in the election process. Students need to be prepared to contribute to our democracy and be able to recognize its evolution and

The National Parks: An Undervalued Educational Resource

By Scott Sterling In August, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday. This agency manages 59 national parks, many monuments, and other properties with its 21,000 employees. Out of the 84,000,000 acres it manages, every state is represented. Chances are, there is a National Park Service site within driving

Every lesson is a new task that moves the student toward a larger goal, but the lesson still has a goal in itself

Melding Goals and Scales with Project-Based Learning

By Scott Sterling Perhaps in response to college and career readiness standards and their desire to have students working in more real-world ways, teachers across the country have begun adopting what is called project-based learning. Project-based learning (PBL) is the concept of an entire lesson, unit, or even curriculum designed

Scaffolding seems complicated, but it’s really not

Scaffolding Lessons that Work

By Scott Sterling Most educators subscribe to some sort of notion that lessons should be scaffolded. The concept goes by many different names and forms (gradual release, various taxonomies, and even Marzano’s Art & Science of Teaching), but the constant is the (correct) idea that students should walk before they