#ISTE18 Chicago

ISTE18. Chicago. Totally Epic. Where do I start? First off, I have to say a HUGE thanks to NCTIES. Without them I would not have been able to attend. I was awarded the NCTIES Outstanding Young Educator Award which gave me the funding that I needed to attend ISTE. I am forever grateful! I have…

BCS- STEAM Conference

I had the great honor of presenting at the Buncombe County Schools STEAM Conference with Katie Cannington, a 2nd grade teacher at Hall Fletcher Elementary. The title of our presentation was “Set the Stage to Engage”. And of course we started setting the stage for teachers by dressing up! I wore my spacesuit from Space…

Instagram- darcygrimesNC

Teacher friends have been asking me for over a year why I don’t have a teacher Instagram. I didn’t really have a strong answer other than I use Twitter all of the time. Well, the wait is over! I have officially created a teacher Instagram account! Follow me at @darcygrimesNC

New Job Alert: Senior STEM Innovator at NCCAT

I am stoked to announce that as of July I am the new Senior STEM Innovator at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching! I will miss my students at Hall Fletcher immensely but I whole heartily believe that by teaching teachers how to integrate STEM, coding and robotics into their classrooms I…

National Teacher Leadership Conference

In July, I had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to attend the National Teacher Leadership Conference. I was stoked because it was the first time I had ever been able to attend this conference and I have been wanting to go for 6 years! It was also a huge bonus that I was…

Summer is for Learning

It doesn’t matter what day it is, over the past couple of months my Twitter feed has been full of teachers learning. It makes me so proud to be a part of the teaching community and see the countless number of teachers who spend their summers reading and learning. Learning new standards. Learning new strategies. …

Reviewing for a Science Test in 2018

I remember when I was in 5th grade I hated reviewing for tests. It involved opening up my text book turning to the questions at the end of the chapter and answering them on paper.  I’ll be honest and admit that I memorized the answers for a test then promptly forgot all of that information…

Raspberry Pi Exploring

Last year, I wrote a grant to purchase our 3D printer, Little Bits, and 2 Raspberry Pis. I jumped right in with the 3D printer and Little Bits but full disclosure I didn’t do anything with the Raspberry Pis. They lived in their boxes for almost a full year before I actually had students using…

NCCAT- Integrate Coding Skills into Your Curriculum

What an amazing whirlwind of the last couple of weeks! After NCTIES, I traveled to NCCAT (North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching) to work and learn with an amazing group of educators for “Integrate Coding Skills into Your Curriculum.” I’ve presented seminars at NCCAT many times before and I always have an amazing…

NCTIES- Day 2 Reflections

Day 2 at NCTIES was just as amazing as the first! I had the opportunity to attend an awesome session by Katherine and LeeAnn the Tree-Hugger Techies on the EcoReader Club they run at their school. It’s an amazing mix of soil, plants, compost, and tech! The room was packed and rightfully so they shared a…