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Halloween STEM Challenges are a great way to keep students engaged, thinking critically, and working on hands-on problem solving at a time they usually struggle to concentrate! This is challenge 2 of 5: Bone Bridge. Note: This video was originally
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This video explains the who, what, when, where, why and how of STEM Challenges. Note: This video was originally created for YouTube, so references to clicking on the video do not work on TpT; however, the links to everything clickable is included
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Thanksgiving STEM Challenges are a great way to keep students engaged, thinking critically, and working on hands-on problem solving at a time they usually struggle to concentrate! This is challenge is 1 of 5: Mini Mayflower in which students design
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An important aspect of running great STEM challenges is you! Your teaching philosophy probably already leans away from "sage on the stage" if you're drawn to using STEM challenges, but great facilitating takes practice, reflection, and more
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An important aspect of running great STEM challenges is you! Your teaching philosophy probably already leans away from "sage on the stage" if you're drawn to using STEM challenges, but great facilitating takes practice, reflection, and more
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What should you get and where should you get it? Video covers places to shop, freebie parent request letter, comparison shopping, and more! Note: This video was originally created for YouTube, so references to clicking on the video do not work on
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This video gives answers to three questions I hear a lot: 1) Should all STEM challenges be treated as competitions? 2) Should I use a materials budget list to constrain students in the design process? 3) Are you ever going to bundle your
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People often ask me two questions about STEM Challenges: 1) Are they just for fun? 2) Why do you say your challenges are appropriate for grades 2 -8? How can that be? This video answers both
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Are you looking for short, engaging, content-rich videos to supplement what you’re doing in class? I’ve found a few channels I think are fantastic for mini-lessons and more that span 2nd – 12th grades. Note: This video was originally created for
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This video discusses the 5 Key factors in implementing success STEM Design Challenges. If you want to skip ahead, see approximate times below: Key 1: Criteria & Constraints (0:10) Key 2: Materials & Group Size (2:14) Key 3: Time (4:04)
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Maybe you’ve tried a STEM challenge, and it didn’t go as planned. Maybe you’ve thought about trying one, but something holds you back. This video calls out popular STEM challenge hang-ups and explains them away! Note: This video was originally
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Thanksgiving STEM Challenges are a great way to keep students engaged, thinking critically, and working on hands-on problem solving at a time they usually struggle to concentrate! This is challenge is 2 of 5: Protect-a-Pilgrim in which students
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Back-to-School is the perfect time to introduce students to STEM Challenges so they learn to work cooperatively! Of course, this also works for your Apple Day or anytime in the fall! Apples A-head is the challenge one of five BTS/Apple
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Thanksgiving STEM Challenges are a great way to keep students engaged, thinking critically, and working on hands-on problem solving at a time they usually struggle to concentrate! This is challenge is 3 of 5: Pumpkin Picker, in which students design
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Thanksgiving STEM Challenges are a great way to keep students engaged, thinking critically, and working on hands-on problem solving at a time they usually struggle to concentrate! This is challenge 4 of 5: Corn Cultivator, in which students design a
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Thanksgiving STEM Challenges are a great way to keep students engaged, thinking critically, and working on hands-on problem solving at a time they usually struggle to concentrate! This is challenge 5 of 5: Turkey Transporter in which students design
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Most teachers seem to be on board with the concept, but teaching growth mindset can be tricky! A lot of it has to do with making the most of opportunities to respond to frustration, challenge, and failure with curiosity and calm rather than aversion
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Christmas / Winter STEM Challenges are a great way to keep students engaged, thinking critically, and working on hands-on problem solving at a time it’s often a struggle to concentrate! This is challenge 1 of 5: Candy Cane Calamity, in which
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Note: This video was originally created for YouTube, so references to clicking on the video do not work on TpT; however, the links to everything clickable is included in the description below. STEM Challenge Cycle Winter / Christmas STEM
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How long should a STEM challenge take? Is there more to STEM challenges than just designing & building? How do I plan a STEM challenge; does it break down into smaller parts? If you've found yourself asking these questions, this video is for
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching for 10 years. For several of those, I had the opportunity to focus on science and social studies for 4th-6th grades in Pasadena, California.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Education should engage 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.

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) - 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 - Pasadena Math Pipeline teacher, co-led district summer math trainings - Achieved the highest percentage gains for fifth-grade student achievement (Proficient and Advanced categories) in the Pasadena Unified School District for the state Science STAR exam. (2005) - Nominated for Who's Who Among American Teachers (2005)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Pomona, CA Currently working on Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Design-Based Learning Graduated: June 11, 2010 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando, FL Bachelor of Science in Education Major: Elementary Education Graduated: May 6, 2000

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