Teaching Above the Test

As a STEM, Project Based Learning educator, I share all the projects I have developed for use in my middle school science and engineering design classroom. I write about edtech, gamification, and differentiation, sharing my experiences and discoveries. I pay particular attention to things that can be used by all educators in their daily practice without having to invest a lot of time or money.

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Posts by Teaching Above the Test

More Science Pixel Art

I was bitten by the Pixel Art bug and have been creating science  activities for distance learning. Sharing with all of you that may stumble […]

Cross Cutting Concepts Graphic Organizers for Digital Notebooks

For a while now I've been working with the NGSS's cross-cutting concepts, inviting my students to take ownership of them. As part of this process, […]

Periodic Table Pixel Art - A Digital Activity

A couple of years ago I created a periodic table pixel art activity inspired by a card sort activity published by the ACS. This morning Ms. […]

Digital Interactive Notebooks

Over the last month, and with the uncertainty of how we will re-open, I decided to make a move to digital notebooks using Google slides. […]

Interactive Padlet Activity for Google Meets/Zoom

Like many of you, I've been trying to figure out how to make my Google Meets interactive and fun. We've done digital breakouts, Kahoot, Quizziz, […]

Reporting "completion" grades - use IF statements

Much like other districts around the U.S., mine has opted to forgo grades and simply report work as completed/not completed during this time of emergency […]

Distance learning made "easy" with Formative

A while back I shared 8 Reasons to Love GoFormative. All of what I mentioned back then still holds true, but in this new era […]

Covid-19: Where am I during school closures?

It has been 3 weeks since my school site closed, and a week since we got the news that our schools will be closed for […]

Biogeochemical Cycles Digital Dice Games

During my career as a middle school teacher, I've made use of a number of biogeochemical cycle dice games that are readily available in several […]

Plate Tectonics Google Map

For several years I have been teaching Plate Tectonics to students and we have done several paper-pencil activities that have to do with plotting earthquakes, […]

Plate Tectonics - a digital escape room and how to create one

Escape rooms have been in vogue in education for a couple of years. The proponents, such as Breakout EDU, tout them as a fun way […]

Documenting Peer-Reviews leads to better builds

As a project-based learning teacher, I know about the importance of feedback during project runs. I constantly conference with students, formally and informally, trying to […]

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