Creativity and Imagination

The Maker Movement Meets Literacy

The Maker Movement Meets Literacy

The maker movement is all about making learning meaningful through creating new solutions. Some of you may say to yourself, “My school doesn’t have a makerspace,” or “I don’t have time!” I am here to share that you can design maker experiences while meeting California...Read more ›

Giving Our Students Freedom

Some of the common things I hear when I tell someone I teach middle school include: “Oh, I’m sorry,” “Why?” and my personal favorite, “Let me buy you a drink.” I’m not saying that I don’t relate to all these comments at some point in the school year, but I also am...Read more ›

TLC Ninja Coffee Bean Featuring Doug Robertson

Doug Robertson, a 5th-Grade teacher, challenged his students to learn something new via Hobby Projects. Doug was featured on Episode 21 of TLC Ninja. Find out more about how Doug inspired his students to do magic, learn to ride a unicycle, and do ventriloquism.Read more ›
Learning to Teach for the Future

Learning to Teach for the Future

“If you can dream it, you can code it.” As I looked around the huge ballroom filled with eager educators, Hadi Partovi’s words began to energize and excite me. It also seemed Partovi’s words were having a similar effect on the overly air conditioned room, filled with...Read more ›
New Year, New Transitions (and Timers)

New Year, New Transitions (and Timers)

How often do you set a timer in order for students to complete a task? I know I do. Most often we find a timer online, set it to countdown mode, and project it for the students to see. The students then monitor their time and adjust accordingly. Okay, they don’t focus...Read more ›