Rethinking Science Teaching and Learning

Rethinking Science Teaching and Learning

I am inclined to believe that science is not learned using textbooks, study guides, worksheets, or tests.  Rather, I think science is learned by thinking, processing information, constructing models, doing laboratory activities, and testing theories.  When I think of my science learning in elementary school, I remember reading about science in textbooks and completing numerous […]

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Surviving Algebra - Real Life

Tips for Surviving Algebra 1

Okay folks, the time has come. Your child has entered high school, and that can be a terrifying time for everyone involved. Students these days have a lot to worry about in their first year of high school. Embarrassing mess-ups in gym class, puberty-induced acne scars, and worst of all, the dreaded “A” word. I […]

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Teaching with Puppets

Teaching with Puppets

Teachers are performers who are always on stage. They educate the audience of students who show up every day. I’ve found that bringing in a level of entertainment is not only effective if done right, but easier to do than one might think. Expanding a Lesson A lesson can be taught in a traditional way, […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month: a recap

Hispanic Heritage Month: a recap

This week marks the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, a period of time in the United States when we celebrate and honor all the impact and achievements of Hispanic Americans.  At Genius Plaza, we are firm believers that representation matters, so showing our children the impact Latino Americans have made throughout United States history helps […]

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Search Toolbar

Our Search Toolbar

Last week we unveiled our new search toolbar, and we have received great feedback. The search toolbar is now also available on our homepage, and as you can see, you can apply filters to search thousands of resources by resource type (eBook, video, vocabulary set, etc.), language, grade, creator, and subject. Here is a video to help show […]

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Using Popular Music to Teach

Using Popular Music to Teach

As both a musician and a teacher, I’ve seen how powerful music can be as a learning tool.  The tricky part is knowing how to effectively mix the two.  Educational music needs to have educational content, but kids can tune out if it is something they don’t relate to or something they see as too […]

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