Posts by Lindsay Kruse

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A Challenge to Bring Making Into Hour of Code

For Hour of Code, dig deeper below the surface of computer science. I'll even offer a specific activity to try out, even if you're not a computer science expert: Challenge your students to build a mechanical 4-bit Boolean adder, inventing their own physical logic gates.

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3 Lenses for Developing Deeper Driving Questions

Three questions give us a set of lenses through which to consider the content and how our students might apply thinking through creative, collaborative tinkering-based projects that result in thoughtful products of their learning.

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Houston, Texas | A Growing Center for DIY Innovation

Three venues in Houston are taking elements of DIY and "maker movement" to greater heights than their counterparts in other cities I've visited. I'm proud to claim that Houston, Texas, is an undeniable up-and-coming center for DIY innovation, and we should be watching for great things from Houstonian Makers.

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Navigating the Shift from Number Grades to Narrative Assessment

To reach a tipping point where number, percentage, and letter-based grades can begin to be seen as not necessary or – better yet – detrimental to learning, we have to build a focused movement that shows a consistent alternate view of assessment. That can simply looks like… well… talking to our kids.

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Introducing and Deepening Design Thinking with Teacher Leaders

Design thinking has helped me tremendously in understanding how to deeply probe multiple perspectives and causes in a situation and/or problem before tackling it - a valuable skill for leadership and inclusivity. That's why I led two design thinking workshops at this year's ECET2-Puget Sound.

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Mentoring New Teachers Toward Innovation

Many new teacher guides focus on carefully planning your gradebook ahead of time, but an innovative teacher should always plan learning outcomes first. As we develop these mentorship programs, we need to ensure that our new teachers are receiving guidance towards better teaching practices, and the books and guides available to new teachers need to catch up.