Author Archives: Patrick Honner, 2018 NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassador

There’s More to Math than Drills

  “As a teacher it frustrates me when drilling is proposed as the remedy to society’s mathematical struggles.” —Patrick Honner, Math Teacher and 2018 NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassador   I like practicing. I’m weird that way. When I was really into guitar, I looked forward to my daily regimen of chromatic scales. I liked playing pentatonic […]

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Ed News: California Close To Adoption Of New Curriculum For NGSS

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This week in education news, LeBron James opens public school in Ohio; Craigslist founder donates $1 million to fund STEM projects on Donors Choose; California close to adoption on new curriculum for NGSS; STEM education has a math anxiety problem; the 2016 National Teacher of the Year won the Democratic primary for an open U.S. […]

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Ed News: New Girl Scout STEM Badges & Back-to-School Spending Hits $82 Billion

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This week in education news, the Girl Scouts have added 30 new badges in STEM to encourage more female involvement; back-to-school spending will hit $82.8 billion for K-12 and college combined, and more teachers are digging into their wallets; and meet astrophysicist – and NSTA President-elect—Dennis Schatz. Girl Scouts Launch New STEM Badges The Girl […]

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Ed News: K12 Educator Externships Provide Practical STEM Experiences

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This week in education news, maker spaces help teach students to redesign their worlds; educator externships provide hands-on authenticity that better informs instruction and boosts teacher confidence; teachers wish they had more opportunities to further their careers while remaining in the classroom; across the country, most teachers don’t receive enough money to equip their classrooms […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: CTE Bill Signed & Making STEM a Priority in FY2020

President Trump Signs Career and Technical Education Bill Congress finally passed, and President Trump signed into law, a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act on Tuesday, July 31. The bipartisan bill, which has not been reauthorized since 2006, will provide $1 billion to states for secondary and post-secondary skill training. […]

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Ed News: Science Centers Play Role In Boosting Children’s Interest In STEM Fields

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This week in education news, the White House unveiled new initiative, the National Council for the American Worker; Louisiana plans to add an endorsement on high school diplomas for students who complete a certain set of STEM classes; new summer camp for high school girls aims to take fear out of a career in technology; […]

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Ed News: Virtual Reality Could Help Students Remember Better, New Research Says

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This week in education news, new research unveiled that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment; to influence the future in the most positive way, we need some of our best minds to pursue STEM; according to a Learning Policy Institute analysis, nearly 25 percent of former teachers […]

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Ed News: Modern Classrooms Energize Students & Teachers

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This week in education news, a modern learning environment could be the key to making any space the right space for innovative thinking; Microsoft invests $2 million in Computer Science Teachers Association; the increased use of industrial robots has enhanced the efficiency of manufacturing, but it has also fueled a skills gap in the field; […]

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Legislative Update: FY2019 Appropriations, Janus, and $ for Your District Science and STEM

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2019 Appropriations Bill After several delays the full House Appropriations Committee approved their Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) FY2019 Appropriations bill on Wednesday, July 11 and this year there is again good news for education funding advocates. Overall the FY2019 bill would fund the Department of Education at nearly […]

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Ed News: Got STEM Funding? Here’s How To Use It

This week in education news, Pennsylvania needs to get serious about STEM education; personalized learning has broad appeal, but may be more revolutionary than people think; and to properly integrate coding and computer science into the education system, it is critical to provide teachers with access to training programs that support their personal development. Pa. […]

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