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Looking for some fun Halloween activities that incorporate science, math, technology, and engineering? Keep your kids engaged and working during an otherwise distracting holiday! The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against
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Looking for a fun Halloween activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against a list of criteria and constraints to build the longest “bone” bridge possible.
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Looking for a fun Thanksgiving activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list Individually or in partners/groups, students build a ship that is designed to
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Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build Thanksgiving-themed
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Looking for a fun Thanksgiving activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a shelter to protect one or more Pilgrims from wind,
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It’s the end of the school year, so your end-of-year activities need to be on-point to keep kids engaged! This boat building STEM / STEAM Challenges is perfect for summer – or any time of the year! It brings the joy back to your classroom with
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Looking for some fun Christmas or winter activities that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and/or math? These STEM Challenges are for you! The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists
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Teach students the elements of Argumentative / Persuasive Writing: - Write opening and closing paragraphs - Address audience and their opposing views - Take a position - Make an outline - Draft paragraphs from Outlines - Put it all together while
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Looking for a fun Halloween activity that involves science, technology, engineering, and/or math? Working individually or with a partner against a criteria and constraints list, students design and engineer a new set of bat wings, with the goal
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Looking for a fun Christmas or winter activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build the
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It’s the end of the school year, so your end-of-year activities need to be on-point to keep kids engaged! This summer STEM / STEAM Challenge brings the joy back to your classroom with collaborative, hands-on, brain-busting work (disguised as
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**UPDATED JULY 3, 2015** This activity helps teach/review basic graphing skills. The end product is colorful and substantive. I glued their graph page next the the answering questions based on data page on 12x18 in. construction paper. It looks
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It’s the end of the school year, so your end-of-year activities need to be on-point to keep kids engaged! These summer STEM / STEAM Challenges bring the joy back to your classroom with collaborative, hands-on, brain-busting work (disguised as
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Looking for a fun Christmas activity that involves science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list individually or in partners, students will design and build a way to safely “mail”
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NGSS aligned to give students a hands-on experience modeling the complex process of photosynthesis! It took me several years to find an easy way to teach my 4th - 7th grade students to really understand what was happening during photosynthesis.
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Looking for a fun Halloween activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against a criteria and constraints list to design a device to catch as many “creatures” as
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Looking for a fun Thanksgiving activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Individually, or in partners/groups, students will design and build a way to safely transport a turkey a given distance
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Looking for a fun Christmas activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list, each student will design and build reindeer antlers. Students are then grouped
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Do your students adeptly analyze data from science experiments? It’s quite common for students to know how to conduct experiments, observe, and gather results, but also lack the data analysis skills to make meaning from their experiments. That
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Looking for a fun Christmas or winter activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list in partners or groups, students will design and build a “snowball”
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I design lessons for feel-good teaching moments. Please don't misunderstand me; this doesn't always mean "fun" teaching. (More about this in my "Teaching Style" section below.)

I was a classroom teacher for 10 years, and spent most of that time in Pasadena, California. My master's degree is in Design-Based Learning, which heavily informs my approach to STEM challenges. I've spent the last several years focused almost solely on developing multi-grade level/differentiated STEM challenges with supporting videos and PD because I've seen first-hand how dramatic using these types of cross-curricular, hands-on methods to deliver content can be in the classroom!

I'm pretty addicted to the power of STEM challenges at this point, but there are plenty of ways to engage students in higher-level thinking, and I'm all about any lesson that helps students become engaged, resilient, capable problem-solvers!

MY TEACHING STYLE

An effective classroom engages students in critical thinking and problem solving while stimulating creativity and curiosity. I teach using a hands-on, multi-sensory approach that nurtures and develops students' various talents and links content standards to meaningful experiences.

I believe in an academically rigorous, well-rounded, child-centered curriculum that fosters growth with high expectations and positive reinforcement.

Those moments when the students are fully engaged in rigorous content and actually enjoying it ... those are the feel-good teaching moments that make it easy to remember why you wanted to become a teacher in the first place. My aim is to fill my TpT store with resources that give teachers more of those moments and help reconnect you to your calling!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

- Teacher of Excellence Award (2010) Pasadena Rotary Club (One of five teachers selected in the Pasadena Unified School District)

- Altadena NAACP Teacher of the Year for San Rafael Elementary (2007)

- Pasadena Math Pipeline teacher; co-led district summer math trainings

- Successful grant writer
Pasadena Educational Foundation Grants
- 2004: Art Integration
- 2005: United Streaming Technology Infusion
- 2006: Digital Storytelling
- 2007: Math Magic
- LACOE Digital Voice Project Grant 2006

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction: Design-Based Learning

B.S. in Elementary Education

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

You can connect with me on YouTube, Instagram, and my blog. Note: Facebook and a new website are coming this summer (2017).

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