Summertime and the living is made easier with these…

My newest TinkerSpace creation is a set of chairs. I’ve listed them on Etsy because I’m working out in the shop area to earn some summer money. Below is the text from the listing: These custom designed and crafted chairs would be a nice addition to your patio or outdoor area. They are made with… Continue reading


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