June 21, 2017

First year off Inventor's Workshop went well but I wanted to allow for more freedom and creativity for students. As I mentioned in a previous post, Inventor's Workshop was supposed to empower students to take their ideas and make them a reality and inspire them to shape the world around them. In its first year, Inventor's Workshop didn't reach that goal because coding required climbing a pretty steep learning curve before the...

June 21, 2017

 When I taught programming using Arduino there was a bit of trial and error to see what worked best for students. Going into my first trimester, I thought that the first few weeks would be teaching the basics of coding followed by the second half of the trimester would be students creating their own inventions and building them. That turned out to be way too ambitious and students needed much more time learning how to wire the...

June 21, 2017

I wanted students to develop 21st century skills. Well, I thought I did. The truth is that 21st Century Skills is a real buzzword and I'm not sure many people are really sure what is really means. I knew that I believed that students should have at least a minimum level of programming in our digital world. This will certainly help them in the future. I was given the opportunity to design an elective course for my middle school...

June 21, 2017

I wanted to teach an elective class that would be fun and meaningful to my students. I had a few core values that I wanted to be part of the class. I was sure that I wanted my class to involve creative problem solving where students had to guide their own learning. Learning how to learn is so important and too often students look to the teacher for all the answers, even when they can find the answer themselves. We as teachers...

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