student engagement Archives - Mary Kienstra


By: Mary Kienstra on: December 30, 2016  in: #tlap, student engagement, teamwork, thinking

It is all that.  Breakout is the best new gimmick in student engagement.  Give a group a series of locks and puzzles and watch them go to work problem solving as a team. My class of 4th and 5th graders recently read The BFG as part of the Global Read Aloud 2016.  (See my post about […] Read more

Shark Data Analysis in Math Class

By: Mary Kienstra on: May 17, 2015  in: data, student engagement

Any good project reaches across the day to different parts of the curriculum.  Our shark tracking project took center-stage this week as students worked with shark data analysis in math class.  The first thing students did was adopt a shark and then track it on  Once kids have their own sharks, they own the learning and […] Read more

Quick PD Overview

By: Mary Kienstra on: April 4, 2014  in: apps, consumers, iPads, Math, producers, student engagement, technology

The last day before Spring Break is a Professional Development day in my district.  It’s one of those days where everyone watches the clock, counting down the minutes until Spring Break officially begins.  Suitcases are packed, cars are ready.  This is a day we have all been anticipating.  Spring break starts as soon as this […] Read more