As a specialist serving all the kids in the school, one of my greatest fears is that one student’s work in progress won’t make it from one week to the next. I have rolling shelves, and a culture of “put your name on it.” This is a far from perfect system, and it is the…Read Full Post
I’m just going to start with an unsubstantiated statement: STEAM/ STEM is used more by marketers than teachers. what they hope you don’t notice is that this label is usually just slapped on the bundled gee gaw of simple experiments that are relatively unchanged in the last 70 years. I am the STEAM coordinator for…Read Full Post
Keeping My Assumptions in Check In my STEAMspace at Echo Horizon school, we support empowered innovative learners by asking students to make many of their own decisions, even with our youngest makers. When I started teaching my youngest students I had to keep my own assumptions in check and make sure I was giving them…Read Full Post
In my Makerspace, I get to work with grades PreK-6. This means that each week I am prepping for a wide range of abilities and interests, and I work hard to make sure my youngest makers get lessons that are just as amazing as my most mature students. Don’t dumb down ideas for younger kids,…Read Full Post
What is code is doing in our classes, and how can we, as teachers, respond to the public pressure to code in a way that serves our highest pedagogical goals?