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# Teacher Tools and Tips

Tools, tips and practices to share with teachers
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## Science fairs aren’t actually preparing your kids to do anything

Wilkins believes that school science fairs, as they are conducted today, aren’t the great learning experiences that they are meant to be. “It’s hard for them [the kids] to really figure out what is realistically doable, what projects will give you good hard data, what project won’t make the kids and parents crazy!”
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## Statistics is the fastest-growing undergraduate STEM degree

Statistics—the science of learning from data—is the fastest-growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the United States over the last four years, an analysis of federal government education data conducted by...
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## 3 Probability Games To Build The Skill of Chance

Currently, our sixth graders are learning about simple and complex probability. Currently, students are working through skill-building problems and investigations with our math coach, but seem to be craving something more. So, in an effort to encourage them to work through problems, we’ve compiled a list of games that they can play as a reward for completing problems.

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Check out these 3 great probability games below:

Probability Fair
Players win tickets by answering probability questions based on a spinner with different colors. With these tickets, they can play different fair games to win even more tickets!Probability Pond
Players choose from a variety of types of activities, including describing chances, finding probabilities, and showing probabilities. Games involve choosing, matching or adjusting fireflies of different colors.Ball Picking Machine
Players must determine the probabilities of a certain color of ball being chosen and adjust the probabilities on a line-graph.
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## OER Commons

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The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits theyve been practicing on a regular basis to absorb deep lessons from Richard Feynmans recollections of interactions with his father. By reading and rereading the passage closely, and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will identify how and why Feynman started to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. When combined with writing about the passage, students will discover how much they can learn from a memoir. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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## Klout's Joe Fernandez: How a Math Mediocrity Became a Social Ranking Guru - Businessweek

Klout's Joe Fernandez: How a Math Mediocrity Became a Social Ranking Guru
My jobs are all about taking massive amounts of data and using them in interesting ways. It's funny, because I literally failed math in high school.
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## Preparing future STEM faculty as top teachers - MSUToday

MSUToday Preparing future STEM faculty as top teachers MSUToday Michigan State University will help improve the preparation of thousands of future professors as part of a national network focused on improving teaching in science, technology,...
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## How Inquiry-Based Learning Works With STEM - Edudemic

Learning through inquiry is not a new concept - at all. Much of the more general life- learning that we do as humans is based on inquiry.
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This might make a motivational poster for secondary school science classrooms and for elementary school classrooms. Students and teachers need these reminders.

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## 8 Inventions by Women That Dudes Got Credit For

Monopoly, nuclear fission, and programming: Ladies did it first.

"From computer programming to nuclear fission to the paper bag machine, it's time to stop erasing these women from their great works."

Via Douglas Eby
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## The Hottest Place on Earth

Explores the question: The Hottest Place on Earth.

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This video explores the question of measuring heat, observing remote places on Earth, and satellites. It supports critical thinking, but also explores issues connected with answering simple questions.

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## Ranking America's Biggest Companies By Turnover Rate

This post previously appeared on Business Insider. By Vivian Giang The job market is picking up, and workers are increasingly jumping ship.
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This is something that might be useful for school guidance counselors as well as for students pursuing STEM professions. Intersting ways to interpret these turnover rates. In the article it is noted that Katie Bardaro, lead economist at PayScale, told Business Insider it's not always a bad thing for the job market. "Workers might be job hopping more than before ... this means that the industry is hot and the economy is improving," she said. "Some of the firms on [the high turnover] list, they're there because they're a hot market."

from the article: "Average employee tenure was a little over nine months. Other companies with high turnover include Amazon, AFLAC, and Google with employees sticking around for an average of one year."

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## Statistics Outgrowing Other STEM Fields

A New Social Science? Statistics Outgrowing Other STEM Fields

Statistics—the science of learning from data—is the fastest-growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the United States over the last four years, an analysis of federal government education data conducted by the American Statistical Association (ASA) revealed.

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## 26 Glorious Things America Gave the World - Science Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

SomethingThe 26 Glorious Things America Gave the World - Science Infographic Infographic demonstrates one of America’s most important strengths.

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Something to share from middles school and high shcool social studies and the science classes. Some of the "things" given might not be conventionally used though. You might want to prepare a brief inquiry-based activity attached to exploring the relevance of these "things" in the real world.

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## Cityscapes: Through a lens, courageously: Art Institute of Chicago spotlights photographers who put Louis Sullivan's genius in enduring focus

In a new, small gem of a show at the Art Institute, we encounter a familiar object — Louis Sullivan's elegantly geometric elevator grille from the martyred Chicago Stock Exchange Building — in a revealingly unfamiliar way. It hangs next...
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How often do we reflect on the intersections of the arts and sciences in the buildings and design around us? There are so many ways to make the arts and sciences relevant as art as well as science.

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## Science is Fun - Ideas & Resources for Hands-on Science Lessons

"Throughout middle school and high school conducting lab experiments was my favorite part of every science class that I took. There was something about the hands-on aspect of science labs that always got me excited about learning."

Via Beth Dichter
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Richard Byrne provides a number of links to websites that have great hands-on activities for students to learn science. The sites include:

* Science is Fun - 25 chemistry experiments geared to students in grades 4 - 9

* Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has activities in twelve topics. You will find experiments for students preK through grade 12.

* Discover the World is from NOAA. A total of 43 experiments which are probably best for grades 4 - 8.

* Squishy Circuits. Learn how to create the "dough" to create these circuits and watch a TedEd to learn more.

There are many ideas to be found in this post and lots of fun for your students to experience while they explore and learn science!

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## Useful Web Sites for Statistics Teachers

With so many web sites available, it is hard for teachers of statistics to select those that are most useful. The following is a compilation of information by Daren Starnes, a member of the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability, as well as information prepared by Robin Lock of St. Lawrence University. You may wish to visit these sites and see which are appropriate for your teaching level.

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linked from the American Statistical Association.

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## Six Degrees of Physics Nobel Laureates | Inside Science

"Chain-Links," a short story by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy, explored the idea that just a handful of friends, friends of friends or acquaintances could connect any two people in the entire world. The "six degrees of separation" concept introduced in the short story, and popularized by John Guare in his play of the same name, posits that only five people (or fewer) stand between you and, say, the Queen of England, or her driver. If this theory works with any two people, why not Nobel Laureates in Physics? Here are six degrees of separation between the first ever Nobel Prize in Physics recipient, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, and the most recent, David J. Wineland.

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Might prove interesting for a science class or some other STEM class.

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## Possibly The Best Math Chart Ever Created - Edudemic

Math is fun, right? And very applicable to the 'real world', despite what all of those people who say they never use algebra - ever- tell you. But we all know it deep down: math and physics rule our lives.

Via Maureen Greenbaum
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Next time you’re thinking that the lesson that you need to present to your class doesn’t have a ton of real-life relevance, think again. Even cosines and inverse cosines show up when you’re not looking!

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## 109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

The transition to the Common Core Standards is likely the single most significant change in the last 10 years in American public education.

While the English-Language Arts and Math haven’t changed, what the standards say about those content areas–and their relative complexity and rigor–are indeed different.

In a recent survey, you let us know you wanted more Common Core resources and support, so we’re going to ramp up our Common Core resources over the summer of 2013, including this list of various Common Core resources, separated by content area.

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## The STEM Crisis Is a Myth - IEEE Spectrum

Forget the dire predictions of a looming shortfall of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians

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also from the article:

"What’s perhaps most perplexing about the claim of a STEM worker shortage is that many studies have directly contradicted it, including reports from Duke University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Rand Corp. A 2004 Rand study, for example, stated that there was no evidence “that such shortages have existed at least since 1990, nor that they are on the horizon.”

That report argued that the best indicator of a shortfall would be a widespread rise in salaries throughout the STEM community. But the price of labor has not risen, as you would expect it to do if STEM workers were scarce. In computing and IT, wages have generally been stagnant for the past decade, according to the EPI and other analyses."

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## How to Inspire Students to Design, Invent, and Make an Impact | MindShift

Scientist Profile: Inventor By Almetria Vaba Spark your students' curiosity in engineering and technology by introducing them to the designers, inventor
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