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Lindsey Own teaches science at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, WA. Follow Lindsey on Twitter, @LindseyOwn.

Houston, Texas | A Growing Center for DIY Innovation

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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.

Navigating the Shift from Number Grades to Narrative Assessment

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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.

Introducing and Deepening Design Thinking with Teacher Leaders

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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.

Applying Psychology and Learning Sciences Research to Developing a Makerspace

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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.

Mentoring New Teachers Toward Innovation

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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.

Building a Common School Vision For Your Makerspace

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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.

Your Students can be “Makers”: 16 Projects Invented by Teachers

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New York City, The Big Apple, a global hub for innovation and invention from the Otis elevator through the MakerBot 3D printer. The perfect location for teachers to flex their own innovation and invention muscles at Design, Do, Discover 2015.

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