Admit it: STEM challenges worry you, and you intentionally avoid them. There's no reason to do that! STEM challenges are an excellent learning tool for ALL students. This post details five reasons you might be avoiding them and lots of tips to help you overcome those reasons.

5 Reasons You Hate STEM Challenges

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Kerry Tracy! She’s addressing why many teachers (only think they) hate STEM challenges and how teachers can approach them differently in order to use them as a successful learning tool. You are probably reading this because you’ve watched that teacher down the hall doing STEM challenges. The kids are always talking about it, but it looks like a

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STEM is totally fun and engaging on its own, but you can kick up the learning and level of meaning even more by incorporating word games into your STEM subjects. This blog post shares a variety of vocabulary games teachers can use with STEM and STEAM students to help them learn relevant vocabulary. Click through to read the full post.

Word Games to Teach Kids STEM Subjects

STEM subjects are on the rise, and for good reasons. By studying science, technology, engineering, and math, kids will develop the skills needed for lucrative careers and to lead the next generation into the future. However, while parents and teachers see the benefits, kids aren’t sticking with STEM. Nearly a third of college students who began pursuing a STEM degree transferred out of the field.

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Did you know that you can use fairy tales to teach a fully interdisciplinary STEAM unit? Read our guest blogger's explanation of how she used fairy tales--and the castles within them--to teach a STEAM unit that had her students reading, writing, building, imagining, speaking, listening, and more!

Caution: Castles Under Construction–Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

Today’s guest blogger is Jennifer from  Stories and Songs in Second, a second grade teacher who is passionate about integrating musical moments and quality children’s literature across her curriculum. Read on to find out how she blends important science, math, social studies, and art concepts into her ELA fairy tale lessons! I’ve always loved fairy tales, and I can’t wait to launch my unit every spring.  So

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As we see the arts leaving more and more schools, it's more important to connect the arts with academics. This guest post explores a variety of ways that you can do that for all major content areas.

How to Connect the Arts with Academics

Hi everyone! I’m Suzy from StudentSavvy! I would first like to give a big thank you to Rachel for allowing me to guest post on her fantastic blog! I am a huge fan of hers, and I’m grateful for this incredible opportunity! When I was a student in high school, I attended a charter school that was considered a “Performing and Fine Arts Academy.” Before I was accepted into this school (there

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By the time students get to middle school and high school, they tend to have a lot of science misconceptions. Therefore, it's extremely important for elementary science teachers to teach science well early on. Our guest blogger recommends using inquiry-based learning for teaching science and shares the 5 E's of this in this post.

Boosting Confidence and Busting Misconceptions in Elementary Science

Minds in Bloom is really pleased to welcome Vanessa from Biology Roots to the blog today! Vanessa is sharing how important it is for elementary science teachers to lay the foundations of preparing students for the abstractedness of middle school and high school science. Science is a branching, swirling, overlapping, mystifying subject. But, within its awe and splendor yields confusion and perplexity.  No one is born

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Incorporating STEM into your instruction isn't as challenging as it might seem. Our guest bloggers, who founded Get Caught Engineering, share several ways that STEM can be incorporated into English Language Arts in particular. There are some fun ideas shared, so check them out and add a comment with your thoughts on their suggestions!

STEM-i-fying the Classroom: Finding Room on Your Plate for Engineering

Minds in Bloom is happy to present Wendy Goldfein and Cheryl Nelson of Get Caught Engineering, an integrated hands-on engineering program, with their post on finding room in your classroom for Engineering. Enjoy! When we first decided to develop an engineering program for our school, our administrator was very supportive. However, he only had one request: “Please don’t tick off the staff!” We knew that

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Teaching heredity in elementary school might seem too early, but with fun and easy activities like this one, it's no problem at all! Our guest blogger shares a meaningful and fun activity - with materials that you can use again in the future! - for teaching heredity in elementary school. Click through to get the activity.

Teaching Heredity in Elementary School

Minds in Bloom is pleased to present Bethany Lau with her post on teaching heredity. We think you’ll enjoy it! Science in elementary school should be all about fun.  In fact, science at all levels of school should be about curiosity, exploration, and lots of fun!  As more and more states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (and as other states adopt their own similar

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Creating a Science Content Center in Your Classroom

 Yippee! A stunning post from Ari of The Science Penguin! You are going to get a ton of great ideas!   A science content center as part of your centers rotation can be a lot of fun for your students!  Even your hard-to-reach students will love going to the science center.  I have been thinking a lot about how I want to change my science

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Make science fun for students. It should not be all about reading from the textbook and answering questions. Instead, science class should be made up of fun and informative lab experiments with the occasional lecture sprinkled in here and there. You might find your students' test scores improving when you do this!

Make Science Fun Again

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome guest blogger, Amy Brown! Amy is the author of the Science Stuff blog.  Amy has 27 years of teaching experience in high school biology, chemistry, and AP biology.  Her blog is about ways to make your class more engaging and exciting for the students. My normal teaching schedule is Advanced Placement (AP) Biology.  This year I am teaching a Biology I

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