Back to School Picture Books and Read Alouds for the Elementary Classroom (2022)
The first six weeks of school help set the foundation for the remainder of the year – from establishing routines and agreements to developing goals and a classroom identity (Responsive Classroom). As you begin building your classroom community,…Continue reading
Common Challenges of PBL, and How to Avoid Them
Research shows that project-based learning has a profound impact in deepening educational experiences for students. I’ve seen first-hand the power of PBL in the classroom. That being said, when a PBL unit doesn’t achieve its desired outcomes, it…Continue reading
Teacher Tech Tips on TikTok
Our students have been chatting about the latest viral trends and sounds on TikTok for a couple years now, and I finally decided to see what all the fuss is about. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, I’m loving TikTok. I…Continue reading
How to Use Mote in the Classroom
Mote is a free Chrome extension that allows users to add voice notes to documents and assignments. Mote is a fast, flexible way to give digital feedback – in fact, it’s three times faster to leave a voice…Continue reading
A Case for Tinkering, Exploration, and Play for Every Grade Level
This blog post is inspired by the work of Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab. His Lifelong Kindergarten team at MIT Media Lab developed the Scratch programming software. He is also…Continue reading
Bringing Blogging into the Classroom with Student Blog Projects
Many of the ideas in this blog post are inspired by two of my favorite teaching blogs written by Jennifer Gonzalez and John Spencer. Visit their blogs to learn more and celebrate their work! Blogging has been one…Continue reading
Prototyping and Testing in the Classroom
Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to solving problems. Organizations around the world – including IDEO and the Stanford d.school – use Design Thinking to create innovative solutions. In the classroom, students can use this approach to engage in authentic learning experiences.…Continue reading
What Does Authentic Learning *Really* Mean?
In education, we often hear about the importance of “authentic learning.” Authenticity is, after all, a core pillar of project-based learning. But what does authentic learning really mean? When I’ve asked this question to other educators, I’ve most…Continue reading
Google Keep for Teachers: How to Use Google Keep for Simple Task Management
Sticky notes and to-do lists used to take over my desk, until I discovered the magic of Google Keep. I am a list-maker. I would jot down notes and ideas on random pieces of paper – inevitably lose…Continue reading
Incorporating Technology into Project-Based Learning
As an educator, I have experienced firsthand the magic that comes with incorporating technology into project-based learning. Technology is a tool that can: deepen a student’s connection to their project topic.showcase student work beyond the walls of the…Continue reading
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