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Elementary Makerspace

How to Equip Your Makerspace for Under $200

 More and more, teachers are looking to empower their students to be creators, makers, and engineers. In the land of open-ended problem-solving, few things are more enticing than creating a makerspace. But what exactly should go in a makerspace? What would a makerspace look like if you spent less than $200 setting it up?   The first question is

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Overcoming Epic Fail

Dealing With The Epic Fail

 In our Saturday webinar with Kerry Tracy from Feel Good Teaching, she touched upon the topic of failures. While teachers may have the impulse to save kids from feeling failure and disappointment, failure —especially epic failure, where everything falls apart— is a valuable teachable moment for our students. When students fail and are given strategies and opportunities to recover

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Elementary Engineering Structure

Engineering Lesson Structure

Last week I wrote about introducing engineering practices to your classroom. This week, let’s take it a step further and go through the structure of a STEM Challenge. What are the components and how much time should you plan for each? Here’s a quick video describing each step. The STEM Challenge Cycle   The STEM Challenge Cycle & the Engineering

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Elementary Engineering

Introducing Engineering Practices to Your Classroom

 Although STEM Challenges aren’t magic, they’re the closest thing to it that I’ve ever experienced in my teaching career! There are so many benefits – developing critical thinking, problem-solving, growth mindset and more. But like so many things in teaching, the magic is in how you deliver the activity to your students. One approach will get all the academic

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