Creative Thinking, K-12

Lego Quarantine Build Challenges

Aaron Maurer (@aaronmaureredu), a STEAM educator who blogs at Coffee for the Brain, is hosting a month of Lego challenges during May, 2020.  Each week is a different theme, and each weekday he posts a new challenge for that week’s theme.  Before beginning the challenge, participants are asked to select 100 pieces from their Lego… Continue reading Lego Quarantine Build Challenges

Critical Thinking, Depth and Complexity, K-12, Philosophy

Ethics in Bricks

So my daughter taught me that I was behind the times in using the 😂 whenever I found something hilarious. She probably will wish she did not inform me of this because I now want to use her suggested replacement on a regular basis. As someone who suffers from depression I am constantly seeking out… Continue reading Ethics in Bricks

photo of fireworks display
K-12, Teaching Tools

Fun Ways to Make it Through the End of 2021

Links to tons of resources for teachers to use in December!

K-12, Teaching Tools

Winter Holiday Wakelet

I have been going through some of my old December posts, as well as curating new resources from others, to put together into a Winter Holiday Wakelet. I apologize, since I know that one hemisphere is currently experiencing summer, but I could not think of a good way to describe all of the included activities… Continue reading Winter Holiday Wakelet

Critical Thinking, Games, K-12, Motivation

The Magic of Chess

“Old people shouldn’t be forced to learn chess, but if they want to learn chess surely they can!  They’re allowed to,” a young girl assures the interviewer in The Magic of Chess. “Even though they could be doing something else – like playing Legos,” the young boy next to her adds. This adorable short film… Continue reading The Magic of Chess

3-12, Critical Thinking, Math, Problem Solving

One-Hole Punch Puzzles

I am so not proficient when it comes to spatial reasoning.  This makes sense to me because I can’t think of ever really practicing it as a child.  I didn’t build with Legos or blocks, and I wasn’t really into jigsaw puzzles.  Mostly, I read a lot.  That means I’m generally a decent speller, but… Continue reading One-Hole Punch Puzzles