2018-11-05 STEAMLab_wk12 pressure_12_steam-lab

Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning

Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning The original idea was to post at the end of every week something with much more reflection and thoughtfulness than my previous daily social media posts that I had done over the past two-years. I was able to keep to that schedule for the first eight-weeks or so, but have faltered and failed since then. I got very … Continue reading Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning

Year3-Week8: “Classroom Management”

Year3-Week8: “Classroom Management” The key to school/student/learning success is student engagement by 24-years experience in the classroom I should have known that “classroom management” could be a problem for me going all the way back to when I was doing observations/volunteer work as part of my teacher training program back in the early 1990s. I remember it differently, having just looked at the short note … Continue reading Year3-Week8: “Classroom Management”

2018-09-24 STEAMLab_wk07 teacher-training

Year3-Week7: Course Adjustments

Year3-Week7: Course Adjustments I’ve gone on record saying that you make (teaching) plans so that you can pivot and change them based on the circumstances. This was that kind of week. For the past couple weeks I had been running the ragged edge trying to roll out the three thematic curriculum programs for my six grade levels and getting this year’s robotics team up and … Continue reading Year3-Week7: Course Adjustments

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JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 25: The Power of “No”

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 25: The Power of “No” Episode 25: The Power of “No” After a very long hiatus I’m back… This video podcast is based on a presentation I gave on August 5th, 2018 at Sunday Assembly Las Vegas about living more intentionally and making choices based on the things that are most important to ones self. With that in mind I’m hoping … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 25: The Power of “No”

2018-09-04 STEAMLab_wk04 WeDo-kits

Year3-Week4 – It’s not like it’s rocket science, kind’a

Year3-Week4 – It’s not like it’s rocket science, kind’a 2018-19 school year week 4. How do you turn left or right with robots that only have one motor connected to a single axle? Hmmm… I hadn’t thought that about that. I was just so happy that students were completing their builds and the little guys were rolling across the floor to think about programming the … Continue reading Year3-Week4 – It’s not like it’s rocket science, kind’a

2018-08-27 STEAMLab_wk03 WeDo-kits

Year3-Week3 – Welcoming Our Robot Overlords

Year3-Week3 – Welcoming Our Robot Overlords I’ve been wrestling with this problem since coming here in 2016: how to get robots into the hands of all of my students in the best way possible… And I was so excited that I didn’t take any photos/videos of the first class that began working on their LEGO WeDo robots (you know that’s excited!). Last year’s EV3 experiment … Continue reading Year3-Week3 – Welcoming Our Robot Overlords

Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial

Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial “No plan survives contact with the enemy,” Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, German Field Marshal I think I scared myself last week when posited the difficulty of teaching a single subject across six grade levels much less five subject areas across said six grade levels. Oops. I feel like Year One had been somewhat torpedoed because … Continue reading Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial

Year Three

Year Three Even though I’ve been running classrooms for 23-years, the challenge of beginning another school year is more than a little overwhelming. As if that weren’t enough, I also closed on my new condo on the first day of classes, so add moving and setting up a new home to the “beginning of the school year” challenges. But unlike the previous two-years, because I … Continue reading Year Three

We’re Back… Second Half of the School Year Adjustments

Back when the Washington Redskins were winning Super Bowls (circa 1991), one was always wise to be aware of coach Joe Gibbs’ incredible halftime readjustments where they’d take what they learned in the first half and crush the opposing team in the second half. Now that the first half of the school year has passed I wish that I could say my break was spent … Continue reading We’re Back… Second Half of the School Year Adjustments