Project or Project Based Learning?

Let’s play “Have You Ever?” Have you ever taken a shoebox and created a rainforest diorama with good old construction paper and playdough? Have you ever studied a foreign country and made a travel brochure that showcases your amazing artistic abilities and fun facts? Have you ever wandered through the forest to collect various leaves, […]

Frozen Fun in February

How about some Frozen Fun in February? Gotta admit, I am a Frozen fan! I have seen it a zillion times and I still love it. So when I came across this little video with some Frozen themed science experiments, I was pumped! You and your students can turn water into ice just like Elsa […]

Thankful for Teachers!

This week is one of my favorites of the year! I absolutely love Thanksgiving. I don’t know how Thanksgiving works at your house, but at this house, the Elliotts relax and recharge! We spend these few days eating sinfully fattening Southern favorites like cornbread dressing, macaroni and cheese, and pecan pie. We play games, watch […]

Planning PBL: Putting the Pieces Together

When is the last time you put together a zillion piece jigsaw puzzle? Was it a beautiful landscape or something silly like a cat wearing a ridiculous hat? I love putting puzzles together and the challenge of making everything fit. There is a genuine sense of accomplishment as the poster-sized image of the New York […]

Project Based Learning 101

Project Based Learning seems to be the ticket these days. Everywhere you look, it appears teachers are at least curious about this approach. So, why now? Why is everyone talking about this PBL thing all of a sudden? I am tickled pink that folks are realizing the value of Project Based Learning once again, but […]

Project Based Learning: Pondering the Past

I love days like today! Cool, a bit drizzly, and signs of fall staring in my window. I have been waiting for just such a day so that I can return to something I really enjoy… blogging. Some of you have just about given up on me. Thanks for your patience. To be honest, I […]

Election Day Learning!

We are within just a few weeks of casting our votes for the next President of the United States. It has been a long campaign journey, but we are almost to the finish line. As we prepare for Election Day, you may be needing some resources to help students better understand our election process and […]

New eBook: Lori’s Latest Tech Tools

I know you are absolutely crazy busy getting ready for the start of the new school year! It is so exciting, yet so exhausting! Figuring out which websites/webtools/apps/tech resources to use for the year may seem too overwhelming to tackle right now. Let me make your life a little easier! I sat down recently and […]

SDE: Vegas 2016!

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SDE: Chicago 2016

I had a wonderful week in Chicago at SDE’s Reading, Writing, & More National Conference! Thank you to all of you that joined me in my sessions. What a fun and absolutely delightful experience sharing ideas with you. Here are the Symbaloo webmixes for each of the sessions so you can easily access all the […]