Cardboard Automata Resource

My friend Kevin Jarrett shared this easy to follow guide to Cardboard Automata from the Exploratorium in San Francisco. It’s a great FREE resource for getting started with making in a fun, creative way. You can easily get started with stuff you probably already have around the house or classroom. Kevin suggests: “Pro tip: print … Read more

High Hopes Balloon Launch May 28, 2019 – Update

In my last post I said I would update on the status of payloads and the recovery. The photo on the end of that post (also see below) showed the payloads hanging in a tree – that was all we knew thanks to Eric Wang – he snapped that photo and sent it to us … Read more

High Hopes Balloon Launch May 28, 2019 – What we know so far!

A highlight of our year is always working with a school or schools to incorporate STEM into launching a high altitude balloon (weather balloon) with student designed payloads attached to altitudes near or above 100,000 feet. Yesterday was no exception, AND we had the extra added excitement around attempting to launch a small rocket from … Read more

You’ve Got a Friend

My teaching partners and I take different rotations for PE each day. My focus is on developing the kids’ cardio-respiratory endurance. Right now, we’re working on jogging without stopping for 2 minutes, and it’s HARD for the kids. I asked them to encourage classmates who they see struggling. As I said to them, anyone can … Read more

What Does Home Mean?

Many many years ago I had a sweet little girl in my third grade class. She and her family were new immigrants from Mexico, and all five of them shared a rented bedroom in someone’s house. Both parents worked hard and pushed their kids to do well in school. Over the years, I taught all … Read more

It Pays to be Nice

One of my kids was really mean to another kid. Really mean. Me: I’m calling your parents. Him: No! They’re gonna get mad. Me: I’m sure they will. Him: They’ll hit me. Me: Where? Him: On my butt. Me: That’s a bummer. Him: Tell me about it.

A Little Too Open House

At Open House this year, I had a fun little conversation with a fourth grader from my class and her second grade sister. Me: Wow! That’s a nice diorama. That’s a good grade on it too! Did you make it? 2nd Grader: No. My mommy did. 4th Grader (trying to save face): You helped! 2nd: … Read more

A Toes to You

Not school related, but funny nonetheless. I got a pedicure recently. The lady in the chair next to me was a little wacky, and the lady doing her pedi did not speak great English. Wacky Lady: I want a flower on my big toe. I don’t care what color. Make it red. No, make it … Read more