Future City Design Unit

I believe that teaching students problem solving is one of the most important skills a teacher can instill. The trick is finding a way for students to solve relevant problems, in a fun way that gives students ownership over their solution. The Future City Design Unit is, in my opinion, a great combination of problem …

Digital Design Treehouse Unit

One of my favorite units to teach is the Digital Design Treehouse Unit. In this unit, students first design a treehouse on paper. Then, using a simple program like MS Paint, they create their treehouse using a computer or other device. Finally, the students have the opportunity to print off their treehouse design, and share …

How to Teach a Water Bottle Rocket Project

I’ve spent years teaching design and science, and by far my favorite end of the year project is the Water Bottle Rocket Project. It is fun, exciting, gets students outside, and it really challenges students to use all the skills they’ve been working on throughout the whole year. In other words, it is the perfect …

Create Your Classroom Wish List with #ClearTheLists

It’s no secret that many teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies each year. #clearthelists is a call to action to directly address this issue. Teachers are creating their own unique classroom lists - usually through Amazon - and relying on the kindness and generosity of strangers to help them fulfill their classroom supply …

11 Tips for New Teachers

It’s that time of the year - summer is rolling in, college students are soon to become graduates, and prospective teachers are smiling as they receive their very first job offer! Teaching isn’t easy - so to help make your first teaching job a successful one, here are 11 Tips for New Teachers. 1 - …

Unicorn Party – A Primary Math Game

Are you looking for a fun way to reinforce single digit addition? Are you looking for an educational game you can play as a reward in your class? Do you want to challenge your students with their learning, or support their needs in a fun way? Do you want to feed juice and cupcakes to …

The Capability of Games

Do you play games? If you’re like me, you probably answered yes. Even if you’re not (you should try them, they're fun), your students almost certainly play games. Fortnite, Soccer, NBA2k19 - these games and sports fill the lives of the students we teach. Often times these games get a bad rap. Games can be …

Feelings, Failures, and Successes – Week 3

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. …