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Andrew Larson is a Science and Language Arts Facilitator at Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School, part of New Tech Network. Follow him on Twitter: @andrewmlarson

Every School Needs a Garden

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When our school opened in 2008, we knew we wanted a garden. Since then, I have come to believe quite ardently that growing food is an important life skill, as it is a perfect way to teach students how to use wherever they're at for rich learning experiences.

Smart Review | Fire Forensics: Evidence and Claims

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Fire Forensics adds a lens of reality to what Hollywood may want us to believe is a glamourous field, while doing nothing to diminish its allure and appeal.
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3 New Resolutions After 10 Years of Teaching PBL

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It's my 20th year of teaching and 10th year of implementing project-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. Here are three goals I've set for myself to refine and retool my teaching practice.

Smart Review | Is There PBE In Your Water?

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Teacher and parent Andrew Larson takes advantage of his family's vacation to do a fun product review and get in some place-based education practice that could benefit his biology classroom.

Smart Review | Sparking Student Coding Skills with the Sparki Robot

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I recently brought the Sparki programmable robot to my classroom for some expert student review and discovered that Sparki is an engaging and rewarding introduction to computer programming and robotics.

Smart Review | Todo Math is a Great Daily Adventure

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After spending a morning testing it out, both my son and I found the Todo math app to be user-friendly and fun, and feel it is without a doubt a great math learning tool.

Teaching Students Collaboration Skills Using The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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At my school, we use one of my favorite books on teamwork to help students understand the necessary components of a functioning team based on a hierarchy of issues teams often face.

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