Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

Back to School – Ideas to Launch Your Young Scientists

With many of our school years starting on Monday (and some who’ve already begun!), Cynthia and I wanted to share some back-to-school ideas and resources with you. The Idea Factory from Science Spot has tips, strategies, and links to get Science Instruction off to a great start! Science Geek Girl shares some nice activities you […]

TexasSUCCESS Training

Through the TexasSUCCESS initiative, the state of Texas has made digital resources available to support students who need SSI accelerated instruction in the areas of reading and mathematics. The vendors providing these online services will be conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions this spring and summer at ESC 13 for teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators. Session […]

TexQuest Training for Fall 2015

If your district is participating in the TexQuest database initiative, please join Gale and Britannica representatives at Region 13 on September 29, 2015 for FREE training on these digital resources.  These BYOD (bring your own device) sessions target either an elementary or secondary audience, and will give participants an overview of the database features as well as […]

Professional Learning by Blog

AUTHOR: Janet Hester, Secondary ELAR Education Specialist     Since I started having kids, and again when I started my master’s program, my personal professional reading life has changed drastically. I no longer felt I had the time to keep abreast of all the latest professional publications in our ELAR world. If a particular book […]

The Constructive Countdown: Keep Calm and Teach On!

The last few days of the school year are upon you—are you looking for exciting ways to end the year? Do you emphasize fun or attempt to squeeze in some last-minute learning? This month, we will be sharing suggestions for keeping kids focused duri…

The Chemistry of Dying Eggs!

‘Tis the season of dying eggs, so why not connect this activity to chemistry!  Show your students that chemistry really is all around them! The non-profit organization, You Be The Chemist, has a great activity that uses household products for st…

Important Chemistry Safety Reminder

Labs are an exciting, important, and required part of the chemistry class.  However, safety cannot be stressed enought. I recently saw this video on the US Chemical Safety Board website.  It is a great reminder of the real dangers that are constantly…

CAST 2013 Manipulatives for Middle School Chemistry

Manipulatives for Middle School Chemistry For those of you traveling to CAST, November 7-9, 2013 in Houston, I wanted to let you know that our Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching is sponsoring a three-hour short course on Ma…

Did you see Franklin’s Story?

Last week we shared a story from NPR’s Code Switch about the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., but did you scroll down to see what Tom McFadden from San Francisco is doing with middle school students?  You may have viewed his Science History Rap Ba…

Observe the Moon

This Saturday don’t forget to stop and appreciate our wonderful moon. Saturday, October 12 is International Observe the Moon Night.  InOMN is an an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our near…

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