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What is STEAM, and should I be using it in my teaching?

During the Christmas of 2002, my sister opened a small gift from my father that perfectly exemplifies his attitude for life. It was a 3-inch cardboard guitar that he claimed was “dehydrated”. My sister looked at him with a quizzical glance, rolled her eyes, and set it down. He quickly got up and rushed out …

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Your STEAM Lessons Stink – and How an El Camino Can Fix Them

Ok, let me see…. STEAM. Silly Teachers Eat All Morning.  — Nope. Some Teenagers Ears Are Moldy.  — Definitely not. Should Toddlers Earn American Money.  — That’s debatable, but probably not what STEAM stands for. STEAM means many things to many people.  To most of the world, STEAM is that thing fogging up the bathroom …

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Teaching Problem Solving Skills to Kids

This post was originally published over with our friends at Rolling Prairie Readers.  Me: Siri, why is my VCR not working? Siri: Did you try throwing it away and going digital? __Maybe I’ll try Google. __ Me: Google, why won’t my VCR work? Google: Because you are stuck in the 80’s.  Try Netflix or Amazon. …

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Teaching Kids the Scientific Method

Have you ever put together a piece of furniture using instructions that were translated into English by someone who learned to speak English by reading a Sports Illustrated magazine from the 70’s?  Talk about confusing!  To many people, this is what they feel like when trying to read and use science. In a previous article, …

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