Posts by Lindsay Kruse
Getting Smart Teacher Blogger Lindsey Own shares four projects from Finalists for the FETC STEM Excellence Awards. The four projects will be presented at FETC. They represents a range of subject areas and levels of student independence.
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.
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.
In the process of collaborating with my colleagues to develop and implement makerspace projects with our students, I've figured out a few tips to pass along to educators at other schools initiating similar programs.
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.
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.
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.
While developing a school-wide makerspace for every preschool-through-8th-grade child in my school, I feel a great responsibility to create both a physical space and a program that is welcoming and encouraging for all students. Here are my takeaways from current research.
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.
An exercise from Tufts University that you can use to create common language and identify common values throughout your school as you begin the final outfitting of your makerspace.