Posts by Aimee Bartis

STEM & Maker

Making in a Middle School

This year we decided to create a MakerSpace elective at our 5-8 middle school. We offered it to incoming 6th graders on their course selection guides at the end of 5th grade, and we limited the class to 20 students. I was thrilled when the class filled quickly and had a waiting list!

Personalized Learning

How Essential Questions Drive Purposeful Learning

Essential Questions promote student learning in a number of ways. When teachers use essential questions they model important skills to students and show them the types of questions they should be asking themselves.


Smart Review | Write Out Loud

Write Out Loud is a must-have for high school students preparing to write college essays. In Write Out Loud, Barash walks you through her storytelling course. The book is divided into four parts: Find, Shape, Perform, and More Tools for Your Journey.


Smart Review | The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?

In the fall of 2010, Mark Zuckerberg dropped himself smack in the middle of that debate. Appearing on the Oprah show with New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie and Newark’s Democratic Mayor Cory Booker, he announced a 100 million dollar ‘challenge grant’ for Newark. Did it work? That's the focus of Russakoff's new book.


Smashing Tools

App Smashing is using 2 or more apps to complete a project. Tool smashing works the same way but is not confined to a single device. My school is all Apple so my tool smashing does stay on the same platform. But your’s doesn’t have to.