Sometimes it’s tough to get students motivated about a project or activity when a popular holiday is right around the corner. One strategy that I’ve found works is to use the holiday as motivation and combine it with a project. One of the holidays this works well with is Halloween. I’d like to share with … Continue reading Haunted House Unit- A Spooky Design Project
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 … Continue reading Future City Design 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 … Continue reading Digital Design Treehouse Unit
The CRAAP Test can be used to teach students how to find reliable information online.
Teaching the MYP Design Cycle can be overwhelming at first! The MYP Design cycle includes 4 steps. Learn what they are, and how to save time.
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 … Continue reading How to Teach a Water Bottle Rocket Project
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 … Continue reading Create Your Classroom Wish List with #ClearTheLists
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 - … Continue reading 11 Tips for New Teachers
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 … Continue reading Unicorn Party – A Primary Math Game
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 … Continue reading The Capability of Games