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Exploring SAS Curriculum Pathways & Instructional Technology

Elementary Spotlight: 3 Ways to Use QR Codes with SAS Curriculum Pathways

As an elementary school teacher, I strive to develop engaging lessons. I am also concerned about differentiation, matching curriculum to standards, assessments, and ... the list goes on. Creating Quick Response (QR) codes has made planning and implementing resources a breeze. A QR code connects users to a link such […]

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Five Tips from a Successful 1:1 Initiative

The SAS Curriculum Pathways team visits a number of schools throughout the year--rural, urban, small, large, low- and high-performing. Given the nature of our work, we pay close attention to technology integrations. Do teachers share device carts? Are there computer labs? Are students encouraged to use their own devices? Is […]

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Five Strategies for Teaching with Virtual Labs

Virtual labs (VLabs) are interactive simulations in which students develop an understanding of scientific processes through experimentation. Students make predictions, follow multi-step procedures, build rich vocabularies, convey data visually, and draw conclusions. VLabs are available in four major branches of science: chemistry, earth and space, biology, and physics. Find out […]

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Celebrating Constitution Day (and the Art of the Compromise)

Most people know it took several sweltering months at that 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia for the 55 delegates (sweating through wigs and wool jackets) to get to this momentous September 17th signing we celebrate each year. What may be less well-known is the strict rule of secrecy the delegates adopted […]

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Help Your Science Students Write!

Too often I hear my physics students complain about writing: they think it's important only in English classes. As teachers we know otherwise, but incorporating more writing into our classes can be demanding--especially when we have to get through core content. Working at SAS Curriculum Pathways this summer, I've discovered Writing […]

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Solving Three Common Misconceptions in Physics

As an AP physics teacher, I know physics is a difficult course for many students because it challenges the way they view the world. Teachers inevitably have to battle with students’ misconceptions, which can be rooted in something as simple as the difference between how we define a word in physics and how we […]

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The Top 5 Lessons I Learned from My Summer at SAS Curriculum Pathways

This was a summer like no other. I was selected for the SAS Curriculum Pathways Teacher Institute, helping to develop, design, and evaluate their lessons, tools, and apps. I'm always looking for better ways to engage my students and explore new resources, so I went in ready to learn more about […]

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Five Ways Reading Records Will Transform My Literacy Block!

As a PreK-5 reading specialist, I know the excitement and challenges a new school year will bring. Teachers are building relationships with students, setting up routines and procedures to create engaging literacy-rich environments that promote student choice and collaboration. During the first month, I'll be working to set up teacher and […]

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Teacher to Tech Transition

I've made many transitions thus far in my teaching career: from an adult grad-student to a first-year teacher; from working with eager and anxious freshman, who are enjoyably transparent, to aloof and stressed juniors, who feel the load of more responsibilities and begin seeing their futures as tangible outcomes. There was the […]

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Now, More than Ever, Punctuation Rules!

  If you’ve been looking for an engaging punctuation tool that students can use on their tablets or phones, your search is over. Punctuation Rules!, one of our most popular web-based resources, has been converted to HTML5 and is now mobile ready. New Features The updated tool includes a few […]

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