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Is the Hands-on Approach Really the Best Way to Learn Science?

Our focus at Steve Spangler Science is teaching hands-on science - don't read just about it in a text book, touch it, see it and live it. That's where discoveries are made and real learning begins. Some are challenging that focus on teaching…
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Easing Back to School Stress - Tips for Parents

By Blog Editor Susan Wells The stress of back to school usually starts in our house as the end of July nears, and school supply lists arrive with registration packets. My kids start worrying about losing the later bedtimes, non-stop play dates…
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Easing the Fears and Anxieties Through Team Building Activities During the First Days of School

By Blog Editor Susan Wells As the back to school season starts, what types of feelings are stirred up? For me, it was always a mixture of excitement and joy over new clothes and school supplies and a knot in my stomach knowing I was headed…
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How to Tackle Common Core and Squeeze Science into the Classroom

Love it or hate it, if you live in the 45 states that have adopted it, Common Core is coming to a classroom near you by 2014. Common Core State Standards are a state-led effort by state governors and leaders. They were written by educators and…
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Breaking Down Common Core, the Myths, the Truths, the Debates

Common Core - the next big thing in education reform - is getting a lot of positive and negative attention these days. Many of it isn't accurate, like the requiring Grapes of Wrath for second graders. But what is it and what does it mean for…
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Best Science and Educational YouTube Channels

Steve Spangler Science has an incredible following on our three YouTube channels - The Spangler Effect, Sick Science! Experiments and Spangler Science TV. Our video team is dedicated to bring the best experiments and science programming to our…

Teachers Save 20% - Thanks for All You Do in the Education of Our Children

You teach because you love it, and we love that you teach. To teach is to envision the future. To inspire. To encourage. To challenge. To impart wonder. To build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. Sometimes, it may feel like the passion…
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Texas High School Student Gives His History Teacher a Lesson

A video of Duncanville High School student Jeff Bliss has gone viral after a classmate recorded his rant in the classroom last week. Bliss is an 18-year-old sophomore who returned to 10th grade after dropping out. He says he realized the importance…
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Science in the Rockies Teacher Training Now Aligned to Next Gen and Common Core

As many of you know, the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards were just released in early April. Over the past few weeks, our team has been working feverishly to align Steve Spangler's hands-on science curriculum from Science…
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Power of the Pen - Is Red Ink on Schoolwork Damaging to Students' Confidence?

By Blog Editor Susan Wells We all remember the feeling of sitting at desks while the teacher returned a test or important paper. I held my breath waiting to catch a glimpse of that red mark on the top of the paper...was it an A or even an A-…