Celebrating Halloween with Ideas from Our Teachers

Celebrating Halloween with Ideas from Our Teachers

  This week, we want to share some great ideas for celebrating Halloween from teachers following us on Instagram. @firstgradedualadventures shared a great idea to engage students with six Halloween stations, creating awesome and fun art projects.  @kristinbertie shared a great way to motivate students about writing. Who doesn’t love pumpkin carving? You can see […]

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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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