Teachers are experts at making the most of slim resources. A paper bag, some bath tissue, a few markers, and a little imagination, and they can sweep students on a journey between the stars or diving down through the deepest, darkest depths of the sea. Like modern-day alchemy, the process of turning trash into treasure is called upcycling... and there is a whole lot more to it than simply saving a buck.
If you’re a parent and spend any amount of time on social media, it’s likely you’ve seen sponsored posts that advertise subscriptions for monthly STEM kits to be delivered to your house for your kids’ tinkering pleasure.
Fidget spinners! Kids love them, but teachers...not so much. Fidget spinners can be distracting, just like any other fad (hey, anyone up for some water bottle flipping?) and their popularity can detract from their usefulness for kids who do actually use them as a concentration tool.
I hate running. But I love having gone running! One way I fix my motivation hiccup (it's just so much nicer on the couch with tea and books) is with podcasts. When I run, I get to listen to an episode, and that's enough to make me want to lace up my sneakers and head out.
When you see news about self-driving cars, do you get excited or nervous? New technology can be a game changer for how we interact with the world (smartphones!) but for some, getting used to these new interactions can be difficult. Kids, however, don't seem to have this problem.