The state's curriculum recommends just five hours for the unit on the Engineering Design Process, maybe because it is something that is constantly reinforced in other units. We did two major activities: built a paper tower and made parachutes. Why? To practice and apply the engineering design process. After they finished construction, they had questions … Continue reading The Engineering Design Process
WWHHEEEEWWWW!!! What a week! I met all of my students, finished decorating my room (for the most part), and covered unit 1! Needless to say, the extra four hours of sleep I got this morning were not unnoticed. My school is a one-to-one Mac school. I volunteered for a last minute Meet Your Mac session … Continue reading Week 1–In the Books
Where do I start? Today was my first day at a new school, meeting new people, new environment, everything. And I get one of the biggest professional blessings yet: a lecture by Todd Whitaker. Todd. Whitaker. Author of What Great Teachers Do Differently, Shifting the Monkey, and more. My mom lent me her copy of the book … Continue reading Day 1-Best Professional Development EVER!
The start of the school year is upon us. I have a new job at a new school teaching a new subject, and I couldn't be MORE EXCITED! This change has taken me totally out of my comfort zone and refreshed my passion. Make a note: exciting things will be coming to this blog! Diffusing: … Continue reading More to come…
Learners of the 21st Century are far different than those of the past. They spend much of their time outside of class using technology, so the classroom has to find a way to engage the students more than just a lecture or worksheets. I watched the TEDx Talks video below and read this article .Most of … Continue reading Learners of the 21st Century (#2)
From Topic 1's reading and videos, you learned that today's world is changing very fast. The jobs you will have in the future do not even exist yet. You will use technologies that have not even been invented. So, why do we study digital tools in this class? Is this course somewhat pointless? If your … Continue reading Reflecting On Today’s Technology (#1)