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Susan Rodriguez
Inspiring and Empowering Teachers
Inspiring and Empowering Teachers
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Let Me Be the Farmer
It's midday and the farm is abuzz with activity. Oxen teams are plowing their fields and making perfect rows. Yet, in one corner of the farm, we see a cloud of dust.  As we look closer, we see a oxen team, unequally yoked. This isn't the only unequally yoke...

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Biology Boot Camp: Teachers Engaging in STEM
We all know summers are short. Summers are even shorter for teachers. Between summer school, meetings and preparing for a new set of students, teachers are lucky to get three weeks. That’s what makes 33 local teachers even more amazing. Recently, teachers s...

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Read Across America: Engineering Focus
Will you be celebrating  Read Across America  in your classroom?  Every year, thousands of classrooms (across the WORLD) celebrate reading on or around March 2nd. ReadAcrossAmerica.org In my fifteen years as an educator, I have seen a multitude of ways to  ...

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Students Learn Programming During Worldwide Computer Science Education Week
Last week, students across Navajo and Apache counties participated in Hour of Code. Hour of Code was part of the worldwide Computer Science Education Week where students learned not only coding and programming but also spatial reasoning, computational think...

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STEM Family Challenge: Gift Pack
Maybe you are looking for a great gift for the even greater children in your life. Or maybe you are looking for a way to  keep your kids busy  keep your sanity during the holiday break. (Still think teachers are overpaid?) I have the perfect thing for you. ...

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STEM Family Challenge: November
STEM,  which stands for  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,  is a term used by teachers to encompass lessons and projects which include these subjects.  STEM does not just happen at school.  In fact, STEM can be very effective, engaging, and fun at ...

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Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
The Architecture of Accomplished Teaching.  National Board candidates and teachers know this double helix well.  They are accustomed to using the upward spiral to impact student learning.  I would like to posit that National Board candidates use the highly ...

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Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
The Architecture of Accomplished Teaching.  National Board candidates and teachers know this double helix well.  They are accustomed to using the upward spiral to impact student learning.  I would like to posit that National Board candidates use the highly ...

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Happy Hexaflexagon Day!
Happy Hexaflexagon Day! What?! You didn't know it was Hexaflexagon Day?! You didn't see the commercials, hear the hexaflex music, and buy a card?! I know. Not many people know about hexaflexagons, let alone Hexaflexagon Day. But, they will. You are probably...

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Using STEM and Making to Stop an Active Shooter
No one wants to talk about it. But, we need to talk about it. We need to plan and prepare. Flashback to the 1940s. Fires in schools trapped frightened students who didn't know what to do or where to go. Unfortunately, many lost their lives. And then people ...
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