Foundations for “Re” #28daysofwriting

For the past several months, I've had the privilege of being part of an amazing team of innovative educators who are in the process of building something new. Not the kind of new you experience when you buy a new car, all shiny and perfectly clean, but more of a..let's say...redesigned, reimagined, repurposed new. As... Continue Reading →

The Recess Report #28daysofwriting

I'm passionate about teaching students to tell story. Not just story in terms of "once upon a time" but more about the stories that are woven deeply in the fabric of our universe. Everywhere there is narrative. In the change of seasons, in the evening meal, in the serendipity of a moment. We tend to... Continue Reading →

Today I facilitated three breakout sessions with Studio Two (second grade) on sound and circuits using the MaKey MaKey and the online Scratch piano. In my three minute mini-lesson, we identified and named a USB cable, learned about alligator clips, and had a quick reminder not to shove or force a cable or wire. The next 27... Continue Reading →

EPiC Elementary and Project Bright Spots

For the month of September, EPiC was invited to participate in Project Bright Spots, a collaborative platform created by The Lean Lab (an education non-profit in Kansas City) to “collide” educators seeking innovative educational opportunities and educational reform. Project Bright Spots was launched last spring (per a Mozilla Gigabit fund) by two young women who... Continue Reading →

I’ve been thinking about the workshop model in light of today’s learner, specifically the self-directed learner in a personalized learning classroom/community. Gone are the days when students would gather together in front of an easel for a mini-lesson on, let's say, imagery. We would read a beautiful text such as All Summer in a Day, and then... Continue Reading →

I realize standards are not going anywhere. At least not for now, even as we continue to venture into the wild frontier of the "21st Century." We have CCS, NGSS, ISTE, P21, the list goes on. Significant content experts say these are necessary for our students to know and understand and ultimately, integrate into their lives. So... Continue Reading →

Collaboration is a huge buzz word in education today. Well, actually, it has been for quite awhile. I remember going to "cooperative learning" training my very first year teaching and implementing it right away. And literature circles.  And projects. Lots of dessert projects. But today collaboration has really jumped into the front seat, hailed as... Continue Reading →

"They say" that hindsight is 20/20. We are suddenly in the know because we have moved forward, and we have had time to reflect and evaluate. We feel smarter and more evolved. As teachers, we know that reflection is one of the most powerful experiences for students, as we see them make sense of where... Continue Reading →

Cultivating Designers

One of my goals for my students is to cultivate design skills so they are equipped to approach a problem, a dilemma, a creative endeavor and be solution-providers. Experimental design, at the very core, requires an understanding of what it is to conduct an experiment. This means learning about variables and the process by which one... Continue Reading →

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