Inventive Thinkers

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"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." – Thomas Edison
 
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Halloween is celebrated on October 31st in many countries. Its origins date back to an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. In the United States, children dress up in costumes and go from house to house trick or
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December STEAM Excitement for Your Classroom Enjoy a sampler from our STEM Through the Months, Winter Edition Book. Our New Year's Eve thematic unit includes a challenge for your students with a science and engineering one-minute drop. Students
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

GARY CARNOW has been a classroom teacher, administrator, author and educational consultant. Dr. Carnow specializes in administrative and instructional technologies, grants and funding procurement, instructional program development, emerging technologies, makerspaces and 3D printing. He has consulted for major hardware and software computer companies and has written extensively for Tech&Learning magazine. He was one of the first educators to provide content for AOL and the Scholastic Network. Beverly and Gary have written educational materials together for over twenty-five years. BEVERLY ELLMAN is an educator who has enjoyed wearing many different hats. She has been a classroom teacher, an author of educational publications and an educational product developer. She has co-taught several classes which combined poetry and multimedia through UCLA extension with Joyce Koff. In addition, Joyce and Beverly have worked together presenting educational workshops to various elementary and middle school teachers. She has enjoyed watching the enthusiasm, energy, and creativity sparked in students as they experience learning and master STEM content. JOYCE KOFF is a poet and a teacher. Her work has been published in numerous poetry journals and she has taught in elementary and middle schools in her self-created program. Joyce makes the reading, understanding and writing of poetry accessible to all students and these methods are applied in this book. Joyce has also conducted classes at UCLA demonstrating to teachers how valuable and rewarding the teaching of hands-on poetry can be. As resident poet at Coeur d’Alene Elementary School in Venice, California, she has been teaching poetry for over 25 years and was part of the art’s team that was awarded the prestigious Los Angeles Music Center’s Bravo Award.

MY TEACHING STYLE

We see ourselves as facilitators of student learning. Our teaching styles vary with the activity. Our STEM/STEAM lessons and projects are hands-on. Each unit includes an arts component where we employ brainstorming techniques to enhance the student writing process.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

JOYCE KOFF Joyce's poetry has been published in poetry journals nationwide, among them; Evening Street Review, Blue Unicorn, Jewish Womens' Poetry Journal, Adagio Verse Quarterly, Poetica Magazine. She has read her poetry at the Valley Contemporary Poets Series, at Crossroad School, and at the Sculpture Gardens in Venice. Joyce was part of a team of educators who were awarded the Los Angeles Music Center's Bravo Award for Coeur d'Alene Elementary School. BEVERLY ELLMAN Beverly received an outstanding achievement award from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University for her ground breaking work in the development and enhancement of educational software programs including The Children's Writing and Publishing Center, Creative Pursuits Graphics, Kid Works, Kid Pix and more. Beverly was also a regional winner as the Izuzu After School Hero of the Year for her work with GATE students at Coeur D'Alene Elementary school in Venice, California. GARY CARNOW Dr. Carnow is well known for his technology grantwriting and teaching teachers how to integrate technology into their curriculum. He was awarded the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award, the Alhambra Educational Foundation's Service to Education Award and the California School Boards Association's Golden Bell. Gary is also an Apple Distinguished Educator.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

JOYCE KOFF earned her Bachelor's degree in literature from UCLA. BEVERLY ELLMAN earned her degree in education from California State University, Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Educational Computing from Pepperdine University. GARY CARNOW earned his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate from the University of Southern California, School of Education. He also completed a post-doctoratal degree in school business.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

The three of us have been friends for a long time and collectively have almost a hundred years of classroom experience!

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