We love our Dash, Dot, Ollie, and Sphero robots in TK. There are so many ways the students can use them from simply driving them around, to incorporating them into code lessons through Tynker and other kinds of imaginative STEM activities. Now, with 27 students in my classroom, I see the great need to have… Continue reading
For our annual church children’s week we created a fun play area. It included the Lost Boys hideout, moving pirate ship, Indian village, mermaid lagoon, and a pixie garden.
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
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
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
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Fun. I have been waiting for my friend Joe to gather up some more of the premium blue pine pallet wood. He in turn has been anticipating a new custom toolbox that I would make for him to use at work. All I have left to do is add the lock he needs to help… Continue reading
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
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