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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,…

Ron Wright was the Right Teacher - Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

Up until my sophomore year of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Most people can probably say that, in one way or another. "I don't know what I want to do after high school/college/this job." I've heard hundreds of people say something…

In Celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week

It's Teacher Appreciation Week, so I want to mention some 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…

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…
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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…

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…
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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…

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…

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…
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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…