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An AAE Grant Enhanced My Physical Science Class
posted by: Tamia | February 27, 2020, 09:34 am   

This week we have a guest blog from one of our grant winners, Darwin Daugaard. Each spring, AAEF gives away thousands of dollars to teachers across the country to help implement innovative classroom programs or to help them pursue their professional development. Read what Mr. Daugaard did with his funds below.


My grant was written in support of research I did at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. I studied the development of electrochemical cells that contained bacteria that would consume refuse such as rotten food items like tomatoes in the presence of methane. The bacteria go through an oxidation-reduction reaction that generates electricity. This research was piggy backed on research done the year before by a different bacterium breaking down co-waste material into methane. Both processes intrigued me because they each produced energy which is useful and viable in a restricted environment. Third world countries, future space travel, and areas of the earth that are not on the grid could potentially benefit from this research.

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Get Involved with Statistics in Schools Week: Everyone Counts!
posted by: Tamia | February 26, 2020, 08:56 am   

As an educator, you are teaching the future leaders of tomorrow in a rapidly changing, data-driven world. Even with all the apps and new technology available at your fingertips, the idea of using real-life data in your classroom may be something that never occurred to you. After all, how can you incorporate data or statistics into an English or history lesson? The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) Program is here to help.

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Even in a Political Storm, I #LoveTeaching
posted by: Tamia | February 21, 2020, 10:41 am   

Our guest blog today is by Becky Mitchell.

It’s been a week of highs and lows. In my home state of Idaho, our House Committee on Education repealed 301 pages of teacher certification standards without anything suggested to fill this void. The very next day, this same committee voted to reject all Idaho content standards in mathematics, English language arts, and science. This was after many educators testified for these standards, even though the date for these testimonies was changed several times. (For J.K. Rowling fans, much like when Cornelius Fudge moved Harry Potter’s trial so that Professor Dumbledore might miss defending him.)

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Why I Love Teaching
posted by: Tamia | February 20, 2020, 11:55 am   

Our guest blog today is by Leah Michaels, an educatotor from Maryland.

At the 2019 NCTE Conference in November, I heard author Tonya Bolden say, "When children know you love them, you can teach them anything," and I’ve thought about her speech almost daily since then. I #LoveTeaching because I love children, and have been inspired, especially in difficult moments at work, to ask myself to what extent my students feel loved in my classroom. Every day, teachers have a chance to show their students some love.

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An invaluable learning adventure
posted by: Tamia | February 19, 2020, 05:19 pm   

Our guest blog today is by Ami Ware, who won an AAE Foundation Teacher Scholarship.


Finding meaningful, professional development can often be difficult for educators. Luckily, for librarians and others who are passionate about sharing a love of reading and books, there are a few amazing opportunities every year to meet with like minded individuals, authors, illustrators, and industry leaders who continue to shine a light on the importance of library programs nationwide. One such event is the Texas Library Association annual conference that takes place annually in various major cities throughout Texas in March. This year, attendees will meet in Houston to share and learn ways to ensure the future success of their library programs while also meeting with vendors, experiencing new technology tools, and hearing from award winning authors like Lois Lowry and Jason Reynolds.

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