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... Continue Reading →

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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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

NCTIES- Day 1 Reflections

Every year I look forward to NCTIES. It's like a huge PLN family reunion of amazing educators from all over North Carolina.  I get excited to not only see these amazing people face to face but also to learn from them whether in sessions or in the hallway. The things I take away from NCTIES... Continue Reading →

I’m Me.

I walked into the MakerSpace Friday afternoon, and I saw this message on the Lego Wall. I don't know who built it. 1st grader, 3rd grader, 5th grader. I will probably never know. but, I can tell you that it put a smile on my face! The fact that this young person wants to tell... Continue Reading →

Emojify Yourself!

Our Girls Who Code Lunch Bunch spent their lunch period emojifying themselves! They used the Blockly programming language to create an emojij that looks like them! Students had to take what they know about Blockly coding, simple graphing (x and y axis), and what they look like in order to create a virtual version of... Continue Reading →

Girls Who Code Advocates

I'm inspired by the 4th and 5th grade girls in the picture above. They are driven, hardworking, and most importantly they advocate for themselves. At the beginning of the school year, I started coding clubs for students 1st-5th grade in the mornings from 7:30-7:55.  I wanted to be sure to make the club accessible to... Continue Reading →

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