Author Archives: Dottie Smay

Need a Chair for Goldilocks?…Who Are You Going to Call???

We called on the Kindergarten students to help solve this problem. After reading the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears“, students were asked to design and build the perfect chair that Goldilocks would be able to sit on comfortably. Since … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Students Enjoy Circuits !

It all started with a New Year’s Resolution…one of my K teachers asked her students to think of something they wanted to learn more about in 2017. When school started in January, she made a list of what they resolved … Continue reading

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Making a List … and Checking it Twice ????

You may want to add these two titles on yours: Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects (Build, Invent, Create, Discover) foreward by Jack Andraka, published by DK Smithsonian, 2016. Steam-makers: fostering creativity and innovation in the Elementary Classroom by Jacie … Continue reading

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WHAT DO YOU DO…WHEN THEY WANT GOO??

It is all about timing..that is for sure..a few weeks ago I received 2 boxes of new books. I opened them up like a child on Christmas morning and flipped through the pages of some of them. I did not … Continue reading

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Reading Promotion Events

After reading several articles on one of our main goals as teacher librarians to teach our students a love of reading, I felt one, in particular (TL June 2016), had some food for thought. One of our goals is for … Continue reading

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Lions, Tigers, and Cheetahs ? Oh, My…

                                                   (a mosquito) What happens when K students visit the makerspace to create a project about … Continue reading

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Need an Extra Body? Create It At The Makerspace!

That’s exactly what the first graders students at my school did. Their PBL (project based learning) unit was on their bodies and “the big question was, ” What part of your body is the most important and why? ” Each student could … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales, Cookies, Makerspace and Beyond…..

  The Gingerbread Man………..and Beyond…… We all know the story of this runaway cookie…but using technology, collaboration, and any curriculum, a whole new adventure can be discovered and embraced. This year, I am working with Jr. K students to create … Continue reading

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Collaboration with Media and Tech = Design Challenge + K Students

We celebrated fall again this year with one of my favorite design challenges with K students in collaboration with the technology teacher. We start this lesson with me reading a book entitled The Biggest Pumpkin by Stephen Kroll to all the … Continue reading

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Resources for your Makerspace

                                                  I am Dottie Smay, the lower school “maker media specialist” at Shorecrest Preparatory School and … Continue reading

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