Teachers

All Access Classrooms – Hydroponics

The Big Brain Club is proud to announce the launch of a new video series: All Access Classrooms. The concept is simple. We’ll take our cameras behind the scenes to highlight some of the great things happening in classrooms all across Colorado (and beyond). Are you a teacher looking for new ideas? A student hungry for fun projects? Or just someone who wants to be impressed by the amazing things that take place — but are rarely reported — in schools every day? No matter your demographic, the All Access... Read More

Horizon Teacher Wins National Award!

Congratulations to Lindsey Blansit, science teacher at Horizon Middle School, for being one of just 25 teachers from the United States and Canada to receive the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers. The award comes from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and is presented to outstanding K-12 teachers in their first five years of teaching. As a recipient, Ms. Blansit will attend this year’s National Conference on Science Education in Chicago — and true to form, she is already thinking about how that experience will help her... Read More

The Collaborative Classroom

Our longtime partners at Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, Colo.) are no strangers to innovation. They were our first Student Publishing partner, they are a nationally-recognized Intel School of Distinction and a SMART Showcase School, and they offer several dozen student enrichment programs (ranging from a flight simulator to 3D Design to History of Rock ‘n Roll). But this year, the teachers and administrators at Preston got really creative when they expanded a single math classroom to include 60 students, 10 SMART Boards, and two full-time teachers. It’s called the Collaborative... Read More

Smart is Cool: Now Available Everywhere!

Big Brain Club founder Dom Testa has been working with students, teachers, and parents for nearly 20 years. His passion for education and youth development was the driving force behind all of the school programs, published authors, donated technology, and student empowerment that The Big Brain Club is known for. And now his passion for these issues is captured in Smart is Cool: Building a Better Student Through Attitude. Dom’s first non-fiction book for parents is available everywhere, from major outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to local independent... Read More

Student Spotlight: Nate Koch

Nate Koch is a senior at Denver’s East High School. He turns 18 this year. And he’s already a published author and filmmaker. Nate’s book is called Stretching Ever Outward. It’s available in paperback and Kindle format through Amazon, and you can check it out right here. The project came about after Nate learned about NaNoWriMo, the popular novel-writing initiative that has spawned many budding writers. He’s also involved with a program called Meet the Middle East, and if that’s not enough, Nate somehow found time to make a dazzling... Read More

Partner School Boasts ‘Principal of the Year’

The Big Brain Club is thrilled to congratulate Dr. Jeanette Patterson of Horizon Community Middle School on her recognition as 2014 Colorado Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE). Dr. Patterson has been at Horizon for seven years, and during that time has ushered in positive change in the school’s culture, its student achievement, and the enrichment of its faculty. (She also played a critical role in bringing The Big Brain Club to her students.) Says teacher Debra Carter, “Dr. Patterson cares deeply... Read More

New Student Authors Published!

If it seems like there are more young authors walking the streets of Fort Collins these days, it’s not your imagination. In the past week, more than 50 student authors have seen their work in print for the very first time. Last Friday, The Big Brain Club released the second volume of creative writing from the students at Preston Middle School. The book features original short stories, poems, and essays penned by Preston students. Each student who was featured in the book received his/her own copy, and another 500 copies... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 3

This is the last of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * Writing this last blog on @preses14 I am at a loss to wrap up my thoughts. What do you say about a conference that was so well put together by teachers that have not paused their teaching job in order to act as hosts? There are many ways to understand something.... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 2

This is the second of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * Morning Two (Algebra I) I used to believe that the best Professional Development meant having real conversations with teachers who teach in similar content areas. This opinion changed when I saw Preston’s Algebra 1 class (as taught by the incredible Kathy Sampson). I now believe that the best Professional Development is... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 1

This is the first of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * I was invited to the #preses14 conference to experience something different while connecting with other like-minded teachers. Day one did not disappoint. There were three things I was hoping to be able to do at the conference, and I had a taste of each one by the end of the first... Read More