Promoting Purpose in Classroom Discussions

clock April 24, 2014 08:04 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Think about the discussions that happen in your classroom.  Are they frequent? Do all students participate or are they monopolized by a handful of students?  Do you use discussion to merely check understanding or do you engage students into purposeful conversations to develop thinking?   Meaningful classroom conversations have always been important to teachers, but Common Core Standards identify purposeful talk as an essential skill that must be taught.  Knowing how to hold a... [More]

5 Things You Didn’t Think to Plant in an EarthBox® (And Why You Probably Should!)

clock April 22, 2014 11:41 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Happy Earth Day! Introduce the wonder of growing things, the responsibility of caring for crops, and the thrill of observing the different parts of plants with the help of an EarthBox®! So, what exactly can you plant in an EarthBox®? Depending on the climate of your outdoor classroom, you may have more options than you realize. Here are just a few ideas: [More]

Celebrate Earth Day with Your Students

clock April 21, 2014 09:25 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There are plenty of activities you can involve your elementary students in for earth day, but the majority of things we can do to make the Earth a little greener are simple changes to our day to day schedule. Here are a few actions you can take and encourage your students to take to celebrate Earth Day, and hopefully, make those small actions a part of a lifelong routine. [More]

Making the Common Core Work in Your School

clock April 17, 2014 08:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Love them or hate them, the Common Core Standards are a reality for 46 states. This is a major step toward better preparing our students to graduate from high school and be career ready. And while most buy in to the premise of a change in creating a coherent national framework for what students should know and the way they learn, there is a disconnect in the lack of professional development for teachers to transform their classroom practice to align to these new benchmarks. [More]

The Current Debate: STEM vs. STEAM

clock April 14, 2014 08:49 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have you heard about the STEAM vs STEM debate? It’s quite the rage amongst teachers now and with good reason. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) presents a viewpoint of early education that incorporates precedence on arts integration with math and science learning, whereas STEM is the original viewpoint of concentrating solely on pushing science, technology, engineering and math. To better understand the ramifications of both viewpoints and because it is important to discuss in relation to our early education system, we thought we would give you information on both approaches to bring awareness to such a prevalent educational issue. [More]