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PBS Digital Innovators Take Students Across Miles and Time Zones: The Egg Drop Challenge

The Egg Drop Challenge is an opportunity for students to stretch their engineering minds by creating a structure that will protect a raw egg from a specifically measured fall. Throughout the process, three classrooms came together and teleconferenced through Zoom to share ideas, revelations, and to take advantage of real-time collaboration. For teachers and students, what truly stood out was the incredibly different experience of the various parties.

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Why Amy Woods is our Teacher Superhero in our Local Community

Read more about Amy Woods, The Smashing Storyteller, through the eyes of her student, Zulee Escobar. Her super powers include capturing truth on camera and elevating student voices  

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Rich Lehrer is a “Teacher Superhero” with a 3D Cape

Read more about Rich Lehrer, The D-Zign D-Coder, through the eyes of Bethany Blake and the Harborlight Community Partners. His super powers include helping those in need and seeing solutions where no one else has. 

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4th Grade Teacher at Apalachee Elementary School who Goes Above and Beyond for her Students

Read more about Roshanna Beard, The Tech Equalizer, through the eyes of Hannah Power. She has the super powers to put technology in the hands of everyone. 

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A Teacher Who Inspires, Educates and Excels

Read more about Judy Whitesell, The Upcycler, through the eyes of Catherine Oxner, a parent of Judy's student. Her super powers include weaving comfy sleeping spots for the homeless, creating vegetables from lunch waste, and keeping schoolyards trash free.  

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Reading Can Expand What Kids Think About Mathematics

There are so many interesting mathematical texts out there that teachers can use to draw in students. I’ve found all you have to do is “sell it” well. With that in mind, I’ll try to sell a handful of texts that  I’ve used with students or am hankering to try out. If you read anything about math and enjoy it,  take a moment to think if there’s a student or three (or even a whole class) who might enjoy reading and chatting about it. If so, bring iced tea and donuts to your book club, and forge a new type of relationship...

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Professional Development: Light in the Dark and a Path to Creativity

The initials PD (Professional Development) can make almost any educator cringe and consider taking a personal day off.  Many poor experiences with PD stem from the philosophy of one size fits all for the staff. I would encourage anyone to take full control of their professional learning and growth. Do it not for the recertification, do it for the love of learning, the fun of camaraderie and the peace it brings to the soul.

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More Than A Month: For My 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. James

What points/contributions does a Black educator make to speak to how Black history has been taught, is taught, and should be taught in America? This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write, because since so little is said, there is so much to say. 

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PD by Any Other Name is Still as Sweet

Good schools everywhere devote a lot of time and money to provide teachers with Professional Development (PD) opportunities throughout the year. Of course, everyone knows that not all PD is created equal!

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Bringing Global Climate Change into the Classroom

The goal of my Earth and Environmental course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

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Meet Your Students Where They Are, And For Who They Are

In this back-to-school letter, 2016 PBS Digital Innovator, Michelle Garmon, shares one of the most important lessons she learned from her 5 year-old student, Maggie.

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Food for Thought: Breakfast from Cafeteria to Classroom

As an elementary school teacher for almost 18 years, I know firsthand the impact that eating breakfast has on my students—hungry kids simply do not perform as well academically. Unfortunately, kicking off the day on an empty stomach is more common than you may think, with 42.2 million Americans living in food insecure households, including 13.1 million children.

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We Asked Teachers: 5 Best Tips for First-Year Teachers

We asked hundreds of veteran teachers for their top tips and best advice to help first year teachers step boldly into the new year. See what they had to say!

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Art, Beauty, and the Natural World

Nature programs such as Wild Alaska are wonderful for educating and connecting us with animals and landscapes to which we might not otherwise have access, but what about when the program is over? How can we internalize what we have seen or experienced in a way that is both highly personal and tangible? 

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The Unspoken Rules of the Hiking Trail

From the well-traveled hikes at Glen Alps in Anchorage to the more elusive wilderness trails in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska is home to stunning hikes which attract visitors from around the world. But one thing we request is to show our home some respect and have a little trail etiquette. Not sure what that is? Let me help you out.

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The Alaskan Spirit Captured in Books for all Ages

As an English teacher in Alaska, I’ve always tried to tie in our fabulous state and the writers and artists who capture its uniqueness so wonderfully.  There’s just no place like Alaska, and a good book is a great way to have an Alaskan adventure!

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End of School Year Reflections

Why do I teach, you ask?  I teach because it is a highly rewarding and fulfilling profession. I pass along these thoughts to others in the education field, but the ideas are transferrable to any profession.

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How Games Can Be a Centerpiece for Student-Driven Learning

Make games the driver of experiential learning in your classroom

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A Problem Set for My Teachers

From a 12th Grade Student to his Teachers, with Appreciation

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"Thank You Teachers, For Just Being You"

From an 8th Grade Student to her Teachers, with Appreciation

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Thank You for the Constant Support

From 5th Grade Students to their Teachers, with Appreciation

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"All Students Think You're So Cool."

From Elementary Students to their Teachers, with Appreciation

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We Asked Teachers: What is the best gift you have ever received?

PBS reached out to educators across the country to ask, “What’s the best gift of appreciation you’ve ever received?” The nearly thousand teacher responses we received were thoughtful, sincere, heart-warming, funny, and – occasionally – completely bizarre.

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Newtown: From Grief, a Chance to Teach & Learn

Newtown is the documentary that no one wants to watch, but everyone needs to watch.

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Arts Integration Isn't as Daunting as You Might Think

Many teachers tell me they do not understand the concept of Arts Integration. However, I do not think this is as complicated as it seems by the definition. It really just involves having students think creatively through a process to produce a product.

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Teaching Islam: Deconstructing Myths and Clarifying Truths

What I failed to fully recognize until this point was that despite my own knowledge about religious literacy – religions are internally diverse; religions evolve and change over time as opposed to being ahistorical and static; religious influences are embedded in all dimensions of culture – I hadn't communicated this very well to my students.

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Building My Network: My Experience as a PBS Digital Innovator

My connection with PBS, CPBN, KQED and the professionals in my expanding PLN has been prolific and will span the entirety of my career. My renewed sense of determination after becoming a PBS Digital Innovator is evident to my students and supports my efforts in the classroom to push students toward excellence.

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Giving Voice to My Passion: My Experience as a PBS Digital Innovator

I found a voice for my passions through my immersion in the PBS Digital Innovator community – this dialogue sharpened my perspective on education. For the first time, my voice and ideas were given a platform.

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Globetrotting: Stepping into the World Without Leaving the Classroom

I know that part of my responsibility as a fourth grade teacher is to open the world to my students and expand their opportunities beyond the four walls of our classroom. My goal is to create global citizens—and one of the ways I have done that is to create a global classroom.

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Service Learning Leads to Personalized Learning

As a journalism teacher, I’m constantly trying to get my students to think about what matters to their audience. What do they want to know vs. what do they need to know, and to ask questions that the audience might not have considered but still impacts their lives. I struggled with ways to build empathy in my students and provide them with lessons and projects to develop this skill.

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Students as Journalists: Combating the Fake News Outbreak

Media reporting around the world has changed. Simply recording video or posting a blog does not make one a journalist. Journalism requires ethics, critical analysis, judgment, and training. I challenge my students to develop as journalists. 

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Truth and the Modern Classroom

Ignorance of facts is the enemy of liberation and is devastating to our democracy. How can our students realize their full potential if they are ignorant of the society in which they live? Should promising young minds pursue whims based on emotions or solutions based on reality?

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Teaching the Election- in an 'Age of Hate,' Part II

It’s 3:00 PM. Wednesday, November 9th. The school day is over and so, too, the 2016 presidential election . . . and that means for my students and me, no more Election Wednesdays.    What did my students think of it all?

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Teaching the Election- in an "Age of Hate," Part I

In this post, high school social studies teacher Peter Paccone wonders whether his students view the behavior of  adults in this election year much like children might typically view their parents going through an ugly divorce. Here, he lays out his strategy to teaching the election under these challenging circumstances.

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Our Students Are Talking – Are We Listening?

To understand young people, we have to put ourselves in their shoes and commit ourselves to listening to them before we teach them.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Education – A Universal Challenge

This article is the last in a series of four blog posts featuring programs from PBS’ Spotlight Education week of educational programming. In this installment, former PBS Digital Innovator Michael Hernandez shares his thoughts and reactions following an advance screening of "Time for School”. "Time for School” airs tonight on PBS stations nationwide.

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Emotions + Academics Go Hand-in-Hand

This article is the third in a series of four blog posts featuring programs from PBS’ Spotlight Education week of educational programming. In this installment, former PBS Digital Innovator Amanda Haughs shares her thoughts and reactions following an advance screening of "NOVA: School of the Future”. "NOVA: School of the Future" airs tonight on PBS stations nationwide. Check your local listings. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using #SpotlightEduPBS and #TeachBoldly.

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As the World Transforms, So Should Education

This article is the second in a series of four blog posts featuring programs from PBS’ Spotlight Education week of educational programming. In this installment, former PBS Digital Innovator Patricia Brown shares her thoughts and reactions following an advance screening of "TED Talks: Education Revolution”. "TED Talks: Education Revolution” airs tonight on PBS stations nationwide.

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Preparing Students for Success in College: A Reflection on POV's "All the Difference"

This article is the first in a series of four blog posts featuring programs from PBS’ Spotlight Education week of educational programming. In this first installment, former PBS Digital Innovator Peter Van shares his thoughts and reactions following an advance screening of POV’s “All the Difference”. "All the Difference" airs tonight on PBS stations nationwide.

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Meet Kevin Cornell: Ohio's 2016 PBS Digital Innovator.

Meet the fun(ny) and talented PBS Digital Innovators, class of 2016-2017, representing each U.S. state and a couple of territories, too. Learn what makes them tick, and pick up a few tips and tricks! In this regular series, we’ll be spotlighting the Lead 2016 PBS Digital Innovators. Today, we’re featuring Kevin Cornell from Dayton, Ohio.

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Meet Jared Knipper: Indiana's 2016 PBS Digital Innovator

Meet the fun(ny) and talented PBS Digital Innovators, class of 2016-2017, representing each U.S. state and a couple of territories, too. Learn what makes them tick, and pick up a few tips and tricks! In this regular series, we’ll be spotlighting the Lead 2016 PBS Digital Innovators. Today, we’re featuring Jared Knipper from Syracuse, Indiana.

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My Advice to New Teachers

In this inaugural post for the PBS Teacher's Blog, Pam Thornton, mentor teacher for the PBS Digital Innovator program and middle school library media specialist, shares her tips for new teachers at the start of their first school year.

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