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Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2017 Issue of Kaleidoscope

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In “Raise your hand,” we ask for short responses to a pressing question facing teachers.

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STEM through the arts engages students and requires less of a leap than you might think! How can the arts illuminate the STEM field, or the other way around?

Students and teacher learning over laptops

I visited two Knowles Teaching Fellows at a school that uses problem-based learning.

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Why is it that I expect to be as good a teacher on my first day on the job as I would like to be on my last? This self expectation is not only unrealistic, but also...

Expectations for technology use in the workforce are steadily rising and, as a result, more and more schools are deciding to invest in one-to-one computing.

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Find out how to navigate loan forgiveness programs for teachers.

From the Editors’ Desk

What Comes After the March for Science?

In April 2017, a March for Science was held in Washington, D.C. and several other locations around the United States and the world. I’ve been thinking long and hard about this march and all that it entails.

With so many different issues arising from our current cultural and political reality—issues relating to race, gender, economics, access, the environment (among others; I could spend a whole page listing them)—the broad issue of “science” or “STEM” seems slightly out of place. And while a march can bring people together, as we saw with the Women’s March on Washington and the myriad satellite marches in January, it also often raises the question of “what next?” As of late, the next step has involved contacting governmental representatives, monetarily supporting action groups, and writing on blogs or social media with the goal of educating others. All of these are worthy efforts, but as a science educator, I know that experiences are what help people learn.

During a conversation with an organizer of the March for Science movement…


Kate Blaske
Editor-in-Chief

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Teachers Telling Truth

We’re in a time in our national consciousness in which, one of my students recently noted, no one is listening and everyone is waiting for the opportunity to speak.

It certainly felt that way at a rally in my hometown this winter when a young woman took the microphone and was initially too quiet to hear. The crowd rustled, many people shouting brusquely for the speaker to get louder. One gentleman, standing behind me, told her at the top of his lungs to use her “big girl voice.”

But then the speaker started to tell a story…


Kirstin Milks
Editor-in-Chief

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