Interested in Project-based Learning? Start Here

I’m excited that today Kristin, a special education teacher, will be sharing her first attempt at STEM with her students! It’s always great to have a fresh perspective on the blog! I hope you all enjoy reading this post as much as I did!

Hello, this is Kristin Muse from Samson’s Shoppe. I am a middle school special education teacher. In my department, subject areas switch from year to year but I have consistently taught seventh-grade self-contained science and reading for ten years.

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Home Chef Delivery

Guys, I’ve been pulling recipes of of Pinterest and meal planning for so many years. I used to love pinning recipes, but now I’m so over it. I make what seems like a million decisions every day and I want to just come home, relax, and enjoy my babies!

When another teacher told me she was getting meals delivered, I was so excited to try it! I’ve always been so skeptical of these type of services because I’m so picky.

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Learn how to differentiate without creating lesson plans for each individual student. You NEED to show your admin this post!

We’ve all heard it… the suggestion to write an individual plan for every single student in your class in order to differentiate instruction. The last time I heard this, I went into panic mode. I had 96 students and about 20 minutes of solid planning time.

In the defense of the well-meaning administrators suggesting that we write down a plan for every student, they want every student to succeed. Luckily us teachers do as well.

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math drills

Our students are in desperate need of repetition.  Repetition of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation rules, repetition of math facts and processes, scientific methods, and names and dates of historical events.  But, forcing our students to ‘memorize’ conjures up horribly negative memories for us all.  When I hear the phrase, ‘Drill and Kill,’ an image comes to mind of students struggling through pages and pages of math problems, students assigned to write spelling words until their little hands ache,

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one-room schoolhouse

I started a one-room schoolhouse – and you can, too.

Heather Betsworth, Ph.D.

Founder/head teacher, Arbor Vitae Academy (Frankfort, KY)


The picture I’m about to show you is scandalous.

This woman, who teaches in the one-room schoolhouse standing behind her, has no petticoat. Carries no pointer. Wears no scowl. Heck, you can even see a thin stripe of flesh between her pantaloons and pointed toes,

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How it happened

I always struggled with what to wear to my classroom. I’m mostly a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal,

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