In Her Own Words – One Teacher's Support for Full Day Kindergarten Funding

Education remains a huge part of the national debate - how do we fund it, maintain competitive teacher salaries, encourage thoughtful learning, teach to the test and fairly equalize learning opportunities for all American children? In Colorado, two of our state's largest school districts have "reformer" school board majorities. These Board of Education members lack the expertise and experience needed to make [...]

In Celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week

It's Teacher Appreciation Week, so I want to mention three teachers who were extra-special to me. In elementary school, my second grade teacher, Mrs. Helen Harrod, was a wonderful role model.  I knew, on the first day of school, that we would get along well because on that first day, she bonked a little boy who had talked back to her, [...]

The Teacher That Made a Difference in My Life #ThankaTeacher

It's no secret we love teachers at Steve Spangler Science. Ask anyone and they will share a story about a teacher who made a difference in their life. Whether it was motivating to rise above, helping to understand a difficult concept or just offering hugs and support at the right time, teachers make a lifelong impact. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week [...]

Greystone Elementary's Science Week Goes Beyond the Classroom

Each year, Greystone Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama chooses a topic for a school-wide enrichment week dedicated to help all students learn something they may not learn in the classroom. This year, teacher Mandy Fox decided to make the week dedicated to science after watching experiment videos from Steve Spangler. Mandy and her co-teacher put together a schedule full of science activities and [...]

Fourth Grade Teacher Does It Right & Makes It Big As She Gets Kids Excited About Learning

A few weeks ago, Steve Spangler received a tweet from an elementary school teacher: April Von Maxey teaches fourth grade science at Tavares Elementary School in Tavares, Florida. She is a tad biased, because it is also the school she attended as a child. Mrs. Von Maxey teaches alongside many of her grade school teachers. Last year, the superintendent challenged all elementary schools [...]

Pin Your Favorite Teacher Gifts to Give or Receive and Win a $100 Steve Spangler Gift Certificate

Contest Is Closed - Congratulations to our winners #4 & #13 comments - Sarah and Chelsey!           Parents - does your teacher have their fill of mugs, candles and smelly lotion? What are you giving your favorite teachers this year? Teachers - what gifts do you appreciate the most? Gift cards, items for next year's classroom, books, or hand-written notes and gifts? We love and [...]

Ms. Cobb Incorporates Life Lessons Into 7th Grade Math with Slime Day

JoAnna Cobb is a 7th grade math teacher at Bedford Middle School. This is her 10th year of teaching. Ms. Cobb says she "adores mathematics and the way math is involved in every aspect of daily living."   My mission as a teacher is to instill a love of math and a love of learning in students.  Educational goals following naturally from those [...]

YouTube Star Teacher Karen Mensing Opens Up a World of Learning with Her Students

Second Grade Teacher Karen Mensing is a gifted specialist in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She is a teacher who knows how to get her students to bring what they've learned to the dinner table each night by providing her students with hands-on learning opportunities and real world experiences through technology.  Mensing was named Arizona's Gifted Teacher of the Year for [...]

Teacher Makes It Snow for Kids in Haiti

Kim Hill, a first grade teacher at Hayes Elementary School in Ada, Oklahoma, brought her love of science to the Cap Haitien Children's Home in Cap Haitien, Haiti, this past February. The Cap Haitien Children’s home is a Christian orphanage housing over 60 children. Its mission is to provide a loving and engaging atmosphere to help each child grow to become an educated [...]