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  • 10 Best Documentaries for Teaching Social Studies

    This week we’re continuing our series on documentaries in the classroom with documentaries for social studies classes. You can find our previous entry on documentaries for science classes on our blog.



  • 5 STEM Toys for the Elementary Classroom

    If we want to prepare students for the 21st century, we need to get them interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), and while good lesson planning will play a part in giving them the knowledge that they need and igniting interest, perhaps more important is what students do in their own time. Play gives students a chance to explore and create without the limits of a formal lesson, and more closely mimics the type of experimenting done by scientists and engineers. To encourage STEM play, teachers should consider having these toys in their classroom.



  • How Schools Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    St. Patrick’s Day is one of those unofficial holidays that everyone in the US, no matter their religion or nationality, loves to celebrate. It’s an excuse to wear green, decorate with shamrocks, and talk about leprechauns. So how are schools around the country marking this day? Here’s what schools and teachers said on Twitter about the celebrations at their schools.



  • 10 Best Documentaries for Teaching Science

    We’re starting a series this week on documentary films. While teachers are encouraged to make lessons engaging and active to help with retention, the fact remains that there are just some topics that a single teacher can’t adequately explain. Sometimes, students need to see something to understand it and documentaries give students that opportunity when it might otherwise be impossible. Also, don’t underestimate the power of a team of professional writers when it comes to breaking down complex topics into something both understandable and fascinating.



  • Rethinking Recess

    There are a lot of issues that arise during the school day which teachers and administrators need to think seriously about. Few people consider recess to be one of them; however, Playworks is asking educators to do just that.



  • Legos & Learning: A Match Made in Heaven

    Nothing entrances children as much as a pile of Lego pieces. These simple, interchangeable blocks do not move, make sounds, or light up like so many children’s toys do, but it’s this very simplicity that allows for endless possibilities and captures children’s imagination and creative sense. It’s exactly for these reasons that many teachers are using the blocks in their classrooms.



  • What Students Can Learn by Writing for Wikipedia

    Fake news has been, well, in the news a lot lately. But for the world's largest crowdsourced encyclopedia, it's nothing new.



  • Five Sites You Can Use To Create Classroom Videos

    The key to any good lesson is great content, and in the modern classroom, more and more that means videos. Videos can spice up a dull topic or allow you to flip your classroom by introducing students to the content at home. From TED to YouTube to Khan Academy, many sites post premade videos that are ready for teachers to show in class or to assign for student use.



  • A Cage-Busting Curriculum for Teachers

    Guest post by AAE Advisory Board member Rick Hess.


    Over the years, I've seen accomplished teachers take pride in doing things the hard way. They talk of working late, planning intricate trips, and writing a slew of micro-grants. They're changing lives, there's no doubt aboutthat. But they're doing it on their own, because most see their schools and systems as, at best, harmless, and, at worst, as obstacles that drain their time and energy.