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Author: 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.

Only You Can Save Fred 19-20

Only You Can Save Fred! Using only 4 paperclips, how will you and your partner get Fred from the top of his capsized boat to the lifesaver to save his life? Your hands may not touch Fred, the boat, or his lifesaver! Check out our photos here.  We saved him!

Foil Tower Challenge 19-20

Our second-grade students had their first practice with teamwork this week.  They completed the Foil Tower Challenge in groups of up to 5 students.  They were tasked with working together to create the largest freestanding tower using only a box of foil in 15 minutes.  This was definitely a challenge! We’ll keep practicing our teamwork as the school year continues! Click here to check out our photos from the Foil Tower Challenge.

Introduction to Attachment Techniques 19-20

During the first few weeks of both second- and third-grade Makers’ Clubs, students got a brief introduction to some easy “attachment techniques.”  They learned how to make flanges, slots, fasteners, and a “homemade hinge.”  After spending some club meetings practicing these techniques, students were able to create something of their choosing using these techniques with limited materials (only cardboard, scissors, fasteners, paper, pipe cleaners, hole punch). Click here to check out our students learning these techniques.

Second-Grade Makers’ Club in the 19-20 School Year!

Welcome to Makers’ Club, 19-20 Second Graders!  We are so happy to have you in the makerspace this year on Thursdays during your lunch recess! During the first club meeting, the students were introduced to lots of different building materials and had a chance to explore at each station.  They explored LEGOs, base-ten blocks, K’NEX, Brackitz, and Lincoln Logs. Check out the photos by clicking here!

The Start of 4th Grade Makers’ Club!

The start of fourth-grade Makers’ Club has been a success!  Under the direction of our STEM Coach, Mr. Carl Harrison, students have started to create landforms and will work on some properties of civil engineering to run roads through their established landforms.  Check out these awesome photos! Thanks to Mrs. Beebe, Mrs. Schulz, Mrs. Altaqi, Mrs. MacRaild, and Mrs. Manley for helping with the fourth-grade club so far this year! Photos coming soon!

Tornado and Hurricane Proof House Day!

Due to a scheduling conflict, we were not able to take the third-grade class on a field trip to the CWRU thinkbox this year, BUT, Professor Jim Bader came to run a STEM Design Challenge for us right here at Highland! Using only tape, popsicle sticks, paperclips, and paper, students constructed structures that would withstand the wind of a hurricane! Check out these priceless photos!

Visit from the WORLD CHAMPIONS!

The third-grade Highland Drive Makers’ Club got a visit from the WORLD CHAMPION BBH High School Robotics Team!  They told us all about their design process, talked about their notebook documents, showed us videos of the championship match, AND let us drive their ‘bot! How awesome! Click here to check out the photos of their visit!  

Second Grade Egg Drop

Our second graders worked on a mini-egg drop challenge for two weeks of Makers’ Club at the end of the school year.  They were able to climb the large custodian’s ladder to test out their parachutes.   Check out the photos here.

TEMPLATE- Project of the Week

Click the link found below for a template to write your own Project of the Week.  This template includes materials, objectives, essential questions, directions, extensions, and standards included in your lesson. Additionally, there is a recording sheet template attached.  This follows the design process/ scientific method as closely as possible and should match your lesson plan. Click here to MAKE A COPY of this template.