Let’s Go

This past Saturday I was a presenter at our district’s third annual LETS (Lynwood Educators Technology Summit) (#LUSDLETS). My session on Seesaw was well-attended and a good test for me in the new role as a Seesaw Ambassador. Highlights for me were to have my two boys with me as special assistants for my workshop.… Continue reading


Pallet Paradise

Here we go On the first day of summer, Jonathan and Connor and I went over to a local business where we picked up a van full of pallet wood. Our friend (Joe) there has set aside some special pieces of blue pine and we were able to get some pallets to get us started… Continue reading



SeeSaw app creates balance

Since February of this year I’ve been using Seesaw – an innovative, free digital portfolio and parent communication tool. Sign up today using my link and we’ll both get an extra month of their premium features for free! https://app.seesaw.me/invite/?code=N7a2KiHIUoxhXeGQoTZYVA09n2GkDTqbT9r23veB0AyRA-dPYw6NI4ijSi6-mavMPHU0r56gT54Wkq0meuEV9g%3D%3D&type=REF Let me know if you need help getting going – I think you’ll love it.



Fun! Now we are funded.

Hello All. I just found out that my donors choose project was funded today. Three of our TK families, current and former, and an organization from New York were the donors. Just sharing the news: https://www.donorschoose.org/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=directlink&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_1516410&rf=directlink-dc-2018-03-project-teacher_1516410&challengeid=246101 Best, Mark Schwanz


Interactive, digital learning amplified

I’ve had a fair amount of time to develop my TK teaching chops in Transitional Kindergarten. This is my fourth year and along the way I’ve learned from authors, early childhood courses, conferences, my collaborative team in my district, and simple professional practice. One thing I knew in the beginning was that I needed to… Continue reading



Learning Spaces

A recent buzz in education is all about room environment. Our District TK team has been having some focused discussion on these concepts and how they affect our program. I’m listing some of the resources we are using as links below. One thing is sure: we already have some careful planning and preparations to our… Continue reading


This Pencil Box Rules

Lately I have been on the watch for the perfect combination of time, resources and a need in my classroom. About a week ago I happened upon a great idea. I needed new boxes for my student desks. The ones I had been using were from the beginning of the school year and it was… Continue reading