International Artists Day

Today is International Artists Day, a day to celebrate artists all over the world. They include painters, photographers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers, actors, digital artists, and more.  What better way to celebrate International Artists Day than to create a little art yourself?  Nasco has lesson plans for your students that encourage creativity in the style of…

Flexible Seating is the Way To Go!

Flexible seating is becoming more and more relevant in classrooms across the country, as teachers try to provide increased engagement in classrooms. There is a lot to consider in adapting flexible seating, including the students’ ages, classroom size, special needs students, and individual student needs. Once you decide you want to try flexible seating in…

STEM/STEAM Part 1 — What Is It?

There has been a lot of talk about STEM and STEAM curriculums lately. Some schools already have already jumped on the STEAM bandwagon; others are trying to prepare for its arrival. Just what is STEAM? The acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This approach to education was designed to revolutionize the…

Getting Teachers Ready To Go Back To School

Summer flies by faster than hummingbird wings, and before you know it’s time to get ready to go back to school. It is one thing to get students back on schedule, waking up early and going to bed early, but what about teachers? Returning to work starts long before school actually starts.  And as much…

Full STEAM Ahead!

There is a growing wave of educational instruction riding over the country. STEAM is a curriculum that focuses on educating students in five basic skills: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The STEM/STEAM movement believes in keeping America competitive by developing a culture of innovation, and educating children in a way that makes them better…

Makerspace 5 — The Testimony

Makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring, and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.  It has been successful in many schools, as each individual school interprets the concept their own way. Tricia Spencer, an Art teacher at White Oak Elementary, Sugar…

What Is Flipped Learning?

Flipped Learning is an approach that allows teachers to implement a methodology, or various methodologies, in their classrooms. The principal goals of flipping are: To make the classroom an active learning environment To enable students to learn at their own pace To help the instructor teach each student individually, rather than the class as a…

Have You Considered Turning Your Computer Lab into a STEM Lab?

There has been a growing movement throughout schools to turn their old-fashioned computer labs or seldom-used shop rooms into STEM labs. While the decision is an individual one from school-to-school, it is worth thinking about. STEM education focuses on promoting creativity and exploration in the learning process. As Douglas Ferguson explains in Transforming Computer Labs…