Jun 05, 2020
On Thursday, March 12, I left school fully intending to be back in the morning. We were canceling classes the following Monday to have a teacher in-service on how to teach remotely, “just in case,” so I was mentally planning on what items I might need to bring home. At midnight, an email came in to notify us that one of our colleagues had tested positive for COVID-19 and, concurrent with the Governor of Michigan’s declaration, school would be closed until further notice. At that moment, I knew I would have to teach in a new and unfamiliar way and to begin doing it in five days without returning to our building.
May 29, 2020
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and maker education are viewed and defined differently no matter where you go. To me, the focus of any work in my STEM classes or in my makerspace is on the process and not the product. But STEM shouldn’t be viewed as a “special class” or a separate subject. There are ways to integrate STEM education and making throughout the school year and in every subject.
May 22, 2020
May 15, 2020
May 08, 2020
May 01, 2020
As the pandemic unfolds, more and more funding needs are arising for schools, educators, and communities. Community foundations and companies are stepping up to fund these needs. Here are just a few of the grant opportunities that are available to schools and educational organizations in need:
Apr 24, 2020
Just a few short weeks ago we saw, heard, and hugged some of our best friends almost daily. Now the world has been turned upside down and we are all trying to find a new normal. I’m reminded of the graphic below. This is truly what it feels like right now. We were on a pretty solid upward trajectory, with a few bumps in the road. Now we’re squarely in the middle of chaos and we realize we will come out higher, stronger, and better than ever.
Apr 17, 2020
Each month we publish blog and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in March.
Apr 10, 2020
Apr 03, 2020
How many times as educators have we uttered a version of these phrases? “We don’t have time for that” or “I would love to do that but I don’t have time.”
Suddenly, guess what we have? Time. Unexpectedly we have received the gift of time. The gift of time to do those things we never have time to do. We have the gift of time as educators. We have the gift of time as learners. We have the gift of time as parents.
Mar 27, 2020
Super skills, twenty-first century skills, best practices—whatever you want to call the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication), they are an integral part of the student experience in our classroom. Even so, sometimes a pathway to incorporate the 4C’s may seem evasive or like it takes too much time. Adding the following tools and ideas to an instructional toolbox can support a seamless incorporation of the 4C’s into our teaching and learning for all students.
Mar 20, 2020
“What do you remember most about elementary school?”
While preparing for an international conference presentation in Finland on quality education, I reached out to my former 5th grade students (who are now in their mid-20s) with this question via social media. I anticipated typical responses like friendships, sports, and field trips.
Instead, their responses left me speechless
Mar 13, 2020
Mar 06, 2020
People often ask how I became interested in writing grant applications for my school. The answer is simple—there are many interests I want to foster in my students that often require additional funding to achieve. Here’s how I went about making that happen.
Feb 28, 2020
“Yay! We love coding!” The students shout. One student starts jumping up and down. This is the excitement I love seeing in the computer lab. My students get excited about different projects and activities, but there is something powerful about learning to code. I tell my students it is like having digital superpowers.