How to Start Using STEM Portfolios in the Elementary and Middle Grades

getting started with STEM portfolios for elementary students

Student portfolios can help teachers, students, parents, and administrators recognize the value of a STEM program, and they can be a tool for identifying areas of challenge and growth beyond the subjects that are traditionally graded. As your students maintain their own portfolios, they’ll continually reflect on their STEM work and set related goals. You’ll empower them to take ownership of their own learning and help them to foster a growth mindset related to STEM content areas and 21st century skills, including collaboration, communication, inquiry thinking, and problem solving.

Summer STEAM Bucket List: 30 Free & Easy Ideas to Keep Kids Actively Learning

free summer STEM activities bucket list

As a teacher, I love finding ready to use resources to send home with my students to help prevent the dreaded “summer slide.” As a mom, I really appreciate easy ideas to keep kids busy during the summer without over reliance on a screen or my over involvement, but with cheap materials that I probably already have on hand. Here are 30 relatively cheap and easy ideas that will engage elementary age kids in STEAM activities over the summer.

10 STEM Terms for Elementary Educators (and a FREE Engineering Design Process poster set)

10 STEM vocabulary words for elementary teachers

As I’ve learned more about STEM education, I’ve developed a better understanding of the nuances of many related terms, and I thought it might be helpful to make a list here! I'm also sharing a free engineering design process poster set.

Partner Picture Cards for Cooperative Learning and Group Activities

I dug up an old blog post that I wrote (back when I had a blog for about two minutes in 2011) about a set of picture cards I created for flexible student grouping. I thought this would be a great time of year to update and share this idea again. A printable version is … Continue reading Partner Picture Cards for Cooperative Learning and Group Activities

Pi Day Activities in 5th Grade

Call me a nerd if you’d like, but I’ll unabashedly claim Pi Day as my absolute favorite holiday as a teacher! Obviously, I love the yearly excuse to eat a few bites of every kind of pie imaginable (so much so, in fact, that I’ve started hosting a yearly Pi Day party at my house … Continue reading Pi Day Activities in 5th Grade

Hello!

reading nook in upper elementary classroom

Hello out there! One of my resolutions for 2018 is to find opportunities for growth by pushing myself beyond my comfort zone, and starting a blog definitely fits the bill! So, I guess I should tell you a bit about myself, especially since I haven't even figured out how to publish an About Me page … Continue reading Hello!