What It Means to Be a Teacher

donna_giachettiby:  Donna Giachetti

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a teacher.

If you spend more than an hour a day with kids—from 1 to 100 (in age and quantity)—chances are you’re a teacher.

If you’ve grinned at our Facebook comics or said “I need that!” while clicking through our website, chances are you’re a teacher.

But what is a teacher?

Here’s what the dictionary says:


The definition of a teacher

Source: Merriam-Webster dictionary online

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Teacher Lesson Plans

photo copy 2Help Us “Lesson” Our Impact on the Environment

by: Michael Finney

As you may know, Educational Innovations offers lesson plans and activities for many of our Super! Wow! Neat!® products. Designed with practical classroom application in mind, these lesson plans and activities require minimal effort or outside materials. They are suitable for in-home use, as well, though some supervision may be required. Some of our products feature lesson plan ideas for different grade levels.  Many of our products and lessons also align with the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) correlations.

In the past, we’ve included print-outs in the box with your shipment.  To facilitate the continual updating of our lesson plans and to “lesson” our impact on the environment, however, we are discontinuing this practice.


Now, our lesson plans and activities associated with many products will be available only by download from their individual product page on our website.  It’s the same information, of course, but available to you in a more ‘eco-friendly’ format.  Just click on the file folder tab titled, “Lesson Ideas”.

When you receive your order, look for “+” signs in front of the descriptions for all your awesome new science goodies.  It’s a reminder that your materials have a free, downloadable lesson waiting for you online!

Please consider the environment before printing out multiple copies.  This is a great opportunity to foster teamwork and cooperation by asking students to share any plans that you do print.


A Brief History Of Educational Innovations

Tami O'Connorby:  Tami O’Connor

Ron Perkins Educational Innovations History

Ron as Paracelsus for his high school Chemistry students

In 1994, Educational Innovations was founded by Ron Perkins, an award winning Chemistry Teacher from Greenwich High School. Along with a number of other awards, Ron was Connecticut’s first recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching.  He was not only a renowned educator, but Ron was also an incredibly creative presenter.  Ron’s passion for science and teaching took him around the globe, giving over 800 teacher workshops for teachers of elementary grades through college!  It was because of his impressive and dynamic presentations that Educational Innovations came to be.

When preparing for his classes and workshops, Ron would hatch ideas, gather materials, and then tinker in his basement.  His demonstrative presentations always generated Oooooooh’s and Aaaaaaaah’s from the people in attendance, whether young students or seasoned teachers.  When the smoke cleared and echoes stopped, teachers would crowd around him and ask where they could find the materials that he used to generate so much science excitement.

Ron Perkins Educational InnovationsResponding to the needs of these other educators, Ron finally put together a two-page flier with the materials, and teachers would send checks or even cash through the mail, and Ron would send their packages.  In the early days, Ron would wait for the mailman to arrive, hoping for an order.  Now almost 20 years later, Educational Innovations supplies teachers, parents, schools, and workshop presenters from every state in the US and over 69 countries around the world!  We are proud to carry forward the spark that ignited interest in science for generations of students.

Ron Perkins Educational Innovations History

Ron’s high school science fair entry