Thursday, December 31, 2015

DonorsChoose Did it Again!

 Imagine my surprise when I get a Facebook message from a parent "Omg. Just logged on to donors choose with my parents to check on the STEAM project and it looks like it was JUST fully funded!?!?! . Am I reading that right?" I am thinking.... There's no way, last time I checked there was over $13,000 still needed. Excitement and curiosity made me stop what I was doing and check. YES!!! This mom was reading it right! The project had been fully funded by a donor going by JGGWinVirginia. My guess is this is an anonymous donor because I just can't seem to find any information on the donors, well except for the fact that between a couple of hours, on this last Wednesday in December, the last Wednesday before the New Year, this donor donated thousands and thousands to other teachers across the US!!!! I am so grateful to be a recipient of this donation. I am so glad Julie and I stepped out and dreamed big! This project will put a mini hands on museum in our school hallways. Interested? Want to know more about this project. Check out it out:

JGGW in Virginia #JGGW #JGGWinVirginia who ever you are.... Thank you so very much for taking the time tonight to look through the thousands of projects posted on the Donors Choose site,...thank you for your generosity... thank you for touching the hearts, hands and minds of all our students at List Elementary! If by chance you come across this blog post... check back. We will be sure to update on the progress of our STEAM Hands on Hall!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MakerSpace Creations...of the STEAM Sort

MakerSpace Creations…amongst all of the technology and flashy learning products around the room...there are students who crave manipulating paper, paint, glue, glitter, clay and other items.  Melts my heart at some of the amazing items they produce and the creativity and love they put into their projects.  

This 3D Snowman paper craft is one of the recent items..

This great resource came from the website:

Then there is this adorable star tree topper…which two of my students took home and put some finishing touches on, including a coiled spring on the back!  Of course they are loving making paper much good can be done with paper chains...they have used them to add, count by 100's, make patterns and we will send them home for countdown calendars.  

I read recently a quote from a child that went something like, “my teacher didn’t send me home with homework tonight…she sent me home with something to think about…”  That saying has been ringing through my head lately and I LOVE that thought!

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Makey Makey

Makey Makey Makes STEM Education Engaging!
Not only have we had great success with Makey Makey in the classroom, but also we have started sending the kit home with students and great things are coming out of this idea!  Not only are our students being blessed by this technology, but also now whole families are getting involved and that is an amazing thing!

From the inventors of Makey Makey…
We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits. 

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