Category: Makerspace

Do you teach in a makerspace environment? I do too! Here are some of the ways I manage teaching 300 students per week. Along with my favorite lessons and go tos.

How to Start Genius Hour in Your Classroom

Empowering students by giving them more voice and choice in the classroom doesn’t have to mean all-out chaos for the teacher. On the contrary, giving students dedicated time throughout the week to work on something they are passionate about encourages creativity and critical thinking. This is where genius hour comes

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Coding Stations in the Classroom

Are you a teacher who wants to include more coding in your classroom? Whether you teach a homeroom, a computer class, or in a STEM or maker space setting, you can incorporate coding into your lessons. The biggest struggle teachers face when trying to incorporate coding is the lack of

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Use these simple ideas to create amazing STEM activities that won't cost you a fortune.

Budget Friendly STEM Activities for the Entire Year

When planning STEM activities it’s easy to feel anxious about the possible cost of the supplies needed. While some STEM activities do include technology which can be costly, a lot of really fun and engaging activities don’t require any store-bought supplies at all. Half the fun of a STEM challenge

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Literacy and STEM with Simple STEM Stories

STEM and literacy go hand in hand and are easier to use together than you may think. Whether you are a classroom teacher looking for ways to incorporate STEM learning into your lesson plans, or a STEM teacher looking for ways to do some cross-curricular activities in your classroom, STEM

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decorating your STEM classroom can create a creative and inspiring environment for your makers

Setting Up and Decorating Your STEM Classroom

Decorating your STEM classroom in a fun, colorful, creative way that inspires your students to be innovators can be the key to a successful year! Creating a classroom environment that supports learning while also making students feel comfortable can be a challenge. The STEM classroom is definitely NOT an exception

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Using Classroom Agenda Slides to Manage Your Day

We all know the questions, “What are we doing today?” “When’s lunch?” “What’s for lunch?” “What time is P.E.?” Now we are not only getting these questions in the classroom, but also with our online students. Our kiddos love to know what is going on throughout the day, and we

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How to ROCK STEM on a Cart

They see me rollin…… This may give you a chuckle, but when you find you must teach on a cart, there is nothing funny about that! Not to worry, STEM on a cart is still possible!!! For a year and a half, I taught STEM from a cart to 200

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MAXIMIZING Time in STEM CLASS

Are you struggling with shortened class periods? The biggest difference between being a classroom teacher and a specials teacher, is that you can not overlap time. If you’re in the middle of a STEM challenge in a homeroom, you can always extend into the next period, put your materials aside

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free apps

10 FREE APPS FOR DISTANT LEARNING

Are you looking for activities to share with your students? Here are 10 of my favorite FREE apps and how I use them.  BOX ISLAND This is a basic coding app. Students move arrows to program a box through different paths. 20 levels are offered for free. Perfect for as

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5 Things You Need to Do To Start a Makerspace

I receive a few questions a week asking what I use in my makerspace and how to begin one. This blog post will provide you with tips on creating a makerspace no matter what your budget is. According to Makerspaces.Com, “A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school,

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Head back to school with a sale

Looking for new classroom items? Want to include more STEAM in your classroom? Today is the day for you to SAVE on any resource in my store! You can get 20% off, plus an additional 5% using the code BTS19, when you check out. Here are some of my favorite bundles: Shop

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