Five Ways to Recharge This Summer

Posted by Tina Brown

School is out.  Yea! It may have been a rough year, or it may have been a great year; but either way, educators need to recharge during the summer so they are raring to go when school starts in the fall.  One of the problems of educators, it that..

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Tags: education, creativity

Learning Through Play

Posted by Tina Brown

Hey teachers! We hope you’re enjoying your summer break and getting some well-deserved rest. And maybe, just maybe, you’re getting to play a little bit, like your students are.

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Tags: STEM Toy, stem education, social emotional learning, learning through play, problem based learning

Introducing Brackitz Education Pulleys & Cranks

Posted by Tina Brown

By adding the Pulleys & Cranks stack to your Structures Kits and students can explore how to make things that will haul, lift, slide and move up and down, as part of STEM and STEAM learning. Students can build zip lines that stretch more than 4..

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Tags: stem learning, spatial skills, engineering design, simple machines

4 Ways to Implement Construction Systems in the Classroom

Posted by Chris Cochella

Considering the careers that require a high spatial aptitude- such as jobs in mathematics and STEM-related fields among others - the benefits of teaching spatial skills to children is clear. And when it comes to providing spatial skills education..

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Tags: Building Toy, unstructured play, stem learning, spatial skills, engineering design

What Does Problem Based Learning Look Like?

Posted by Chris Cochella

If you are a parent or educator eager to know if problem based learning at the elementary is realistic, it can be helpful to see what PBL might look like in a real-world setting. The Association for Curriculum Development shared an example of one..

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Tags: PBL, deep learning, PBL Strategies, problem based learning elementary

Real World Problems Have More Than One Answer: How Problem Based Learning (PBL) Prepares Kids for Their Future

Posted by Chris Cochella

The days of a basic public school education, and even a Bachelor’s degree, providing enough for a young person to get started in a career are long over. The experts at EducationWorld.com noted this in a recent article entitled “Tomorrow’s..

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Tags: problem based learning, PBL, deep learning, PBL Strategies, problem based learning elementary

Key Problem Based Learning (PBL) Strategies for Young Learners

Posted by Chris Cochella

The Center for Educational Technologies offers an incredibly effective explanation of problem based learning. Indicating that it is based on the idea of teaching “students to learn how to learn”, their definition goes on to say that this is..

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Tags: problem based learning, PBL, PBL Strategies, problem based learning elementary

5 Reasons to Use Problem Based Learning at the Elementary Level

Posted by Chris Cochella

In a 2013 article in the Washington Post, writer Valerie Strauss indicated that “rote repetition can result in some information being retained, although it is not a particularly effective method of encoding information into memory.” In that one..

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Tags: problem based learning, PBL, deep learning, problem based learning elementary

How to Provide Structure for Discovery With Problem Based Learning

Posted by Chris Cochella

The York Law School in the UK has introduced PBL or problem based learning into its methodology. To help students make the leap to such a major shift in teaching paradigms, it created a unique handbook to introduce the subject to new students. In..

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Tags: problem based learning, PBL Strategies, problem based learning elementary

Problem Based Learning at the Elementary Level: A Concept Whose Time Has Come

Posted by Chris Cochella

Is rote learning an ideal approach at the elementary level? Do kids grades K-4 absorb knowledge from book learning and repetition more than they do from “hands on” opportunities? Psychological research suggests that the latter, hands-on activity,..

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Tags: problem based learning, PBL, deep learning, PBL Strategies, problem based learning elementary

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