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Author Archives: Morgan Kolis

About Morgan Kolis

My name is Morgan and I have been teaching for 7 complete years. I graduated with a Masters in Education in 2008 from Baldwin Wallace College. I chose to study Educational Technology there. In 2003, I graduated from Heidelberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I currently maintain 2 teaching licenses (Intervention Specialist and Early Childhood Education) and one endorsement (Reading). In 1999, I graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. I've spent the last 6 years teaching at Hilton School is Brecksville, Ohio. I've taught a wide variety of students each with unique and defining characteristics. I've had the pleasure of learning about and working with students with autism, Down syndrome, 2q37 Deletion Syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, Asperger's syndrome, ODD, and ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive, and combined types). I currently work with students with moderate to intensive special needs.

Week 5 of ’17-18 MC

In week 5, second graders had a chance to finish the animal they had been working on (from Week 3). Next week, we start a brand new activity!

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Week 4 of 17-18 Makers’ Club

This week, second graders were introduced to the concept of working with a team.  Several videos were used to model teamwork and then Miss Kolis, Mrs. Wiesler, and our parent volunteer, Mrs. Zetts, sat down to model how students should speak to one another in a team.  After that, students engaged in the Spaghetti Tower … Continue reading »

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First Grade Meets the Project of the Week!

Students in first grade have been enjoying their time in the STEAM Room!  They’ve built foil towers, made boats for the wild thing, and used apples to create fall objects!  How fun for first graders!

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Week 3, 2017-2018 Makers’ Club

This week, students in second grade created an animal, either fictional or real using a variety of materials.  We are trying to get them acquainted with the available materials and locations in the room. Third graders in Makers’ Club engaged in “Free Making Day!”  They’ve been begging for it since the beginning of the school … Continue reading »

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Week #2 in the STEAM Room in 2017-2018!

This week in Makers’ Club, second and third-grade students used toothpicks and candy pumpkins to build.  This was tougher than in years past when we used marshmallows to build the tallest phone tower we could that would hold up an iPhone for ten or more seconds.  Check us out!

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Third Graders Meet for the First Time in ’17-’18!

Third Graders enjoyed their first Makers’ Club meeting today!  After a brief review of the rules, each table engaged with a different building material.

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Projects of the Week ~ 2017-2018

The Project of the Week is shared with teachers electronically, then posted, and set up in the STEAM Room each week.  This enables homeroom teachers to sign up for a time and bring their class in with very little prep work. These are the projects we’ve worked on so far this year. Gravity Falls- POTW 95 … Continue reading »

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First Club Meeting of 2017-2018!!!

Today was the first time these second grade students attended the Makers’ Club!  We were so excited to welcome them and review the rules of the club.  They are pretty simple rules: Be safe. Be respectful of the materials and the room. Clean up after yourself before you leave. Share. Check out these awesome photos … Continue reading »

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Highland Drive Teachers Make Water Slides!

During our first staff meeting of the 2017-2018, Mrs. Wiesler and Miss Kolis took the other teachers through The Design Process as we worked together to solve a problem.  Teachers had to create a prototype of a waterslide that stood at least 10 inches tall, did not leak, and safely transported their rider (aka LEGO … Continue reading »

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STEAM Station at the Jr. Olympics!

Because our Jr. Olympic day is under new leadership this year (Thanks Mr. Thacker), Mrs. Wiesler and I suggested that we have a “STEAM event” at the Jr. Olympics! After students were divided into 4 groups, each group was given a bag of materials and asked to build a launch pad or platform to hold … Continue reading »

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