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Animals and Science in the Classroom

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Thinking of getting a classroom pet?

Animals in the classroom can bring a sense of excitement and wonder to the learning environment. Although, this is often a common reason for incorporating pets into the classroom research shows that having a pet in the classroom can provide other benefits in addition to making learning fun. When pets are properly loved and cared for in the classroom they not only enhance science or nature lesso...

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The E4 Process: Project Based Learning in The Classroom

September kicked off our second E4 Cohort group!  We're excited to have teachers that want to learn how to successfully implement project based learning into their classrooms.  The cohort sessions are based on the E4 process and takes teachers through the necessary steps when working through a learning experiences.  If you would like more information don't hesitate to contact us!...

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Summer Break!

We are well into the beautiful season of summer!  Many educators are on summer break but that does not mean that they stop thinking about their classrooms and what should be planned for the fall.  If you are looking for ideas or are wanting to learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards, look into a professional development.  We offer quality PD's that are quite cost-effective!  Click...

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Alternatives to dissection

Animal and plant dissection are school lessons that have been integrated into biology and life science classrooms for many years.  There are times when students or teachers don't like the idea of dissecting an organism that was once living for educational purposes.  If you fit that category and would like other options, but don't know where to turn I give three great alternatives below. ...

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NSTA conference 2015

Earlier this month members of the STEM team were able to attend the National Science Teachers Association annual conference here in Chicago.  The conference is always loaded with educational programming to help you prepare and extend your lessons.  The focus is of course science but heavily incorporates engineering as the Next Generation Science Standards have encouraged teachers to integrate t...

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Reflecting on Practice

In December of 2014 The University of Illinois Extension partnered with the Cook County Forest Preserve to present Reflecting on Practice to fellow educators and staff. Reflecting on Practice was developed at the Lawrence Hall of science and is a professional learning program for informal science educators. The program immerses informal educators in discussions about, reflections on, and appl...

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The Young Naturalist Awards 2015

The Young Naturalist Awards are sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.  The competition is a research based science contest for students in grades 7-12.  The deadline is March first so get your entries in soon!  Learn more here :...

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Superintendents Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity

In January I was given the honor to present to educators, Chicago public school board members, superintendents and administrators at the annual Superintendents Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity.  I spoke on inquiry based teaching and the Next Generation Science Standards.  It was a pleasure to be in the presence of accomplished educators such as Dr. Garrard Mcclendon and Dr. D...

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