Towers of Power: Grade 6 & 7



This week’s tower assignment:

TASK: Make a tower.  Height & strength should be considered.


You can only use the following items:

  • 40 popsicle sticks
  • 50 cm of tape
  • Your laptop (not to be used as a construction material)
  • And a pair of scissors for cutting only

You only have 20 minutes to complete this task from beginning to end.

Use this to guide your reflection blog post:

Write on your blog about what you did in class today.

  • How did you choose your design?
  • What went well?
  • What could you have done to make your structure more successful?
  • What was the height?  What could it hold?
  • How did it feel to be given such vague instructions?
  • Would you do anything differently next time with the same instructions (choice of group, use of laptop,etc.)
  • Please include MEDIA if you can.
  • Don’t forget to categorize your post: Design, Grade 7 (or 6), Anything else?

What You Should Know About Me

Since I gave you the assignment to “Tell me what I should you know about you as a student/person“, I’ve decided to tell you what you should know about me as a person and a teacher.

Here is my family (excluding the cat):

They are the most important thing in my life.  Mr. Lemley also works at Canadian Academy as a High School English and Design Technology teacher.  Maximo is almost 4 years old and is in the BB Program at CA and Lola is 8 months old.  Lola’s favorite things to do are: eat, drool and try to steal her brother’s trains!

This is my tenth year of teaching.  Before coming to CA, I taught at Myers Middle School in Savannah, Georgia, USA and at the American School of Lima, Peru.  We have lived in Japan for two years.

I’m really excited about teaching Design Technology this year because I’ve taught it in the past and I love to see the creative solutions my students come up with!  I will learn just as much as you will this year.  You will teach me some things, I will teach you some things and we will learn some things together.  As a teacher, you can expect me to be positive and fun, but I will also to try to push you to do your best at all times.  I want you to work hard, be risk takers and create original, thoughtful solutions to the problems I give you in class.

Outside of school, I love to cook, eat, read, travel, run and of course, hang out with Mr. Lemley and the two “Little Lemleys”.   I have more interests, but those are my passions in life, outside of teaching and I really do love teaching.

I’ve listed my positives, but I am not perfect.  I sometimes struggle with being balanced between being a mother, teacher, sister, friend and colleague.  I can be disorganized.  I am better if things are digital, because paper ends up getting moved into piles on my desk.  Sometimes I need to talk less and listen more.  Often times I need to stop and think for a minute before responding.  And (even though I’m much better about this than when I was a student) I have been known to procrastinate.

I can’t wait to hear more about you and your lives.  Please continue to share cool, interesting (or even not so interesting) posts about what is going on in your life on your blog throughout the year.  Sometimes we get so busy with the regular routines and hectic schedules of school that we don’t know what is going on in each other personal lives – like trips you’ve taken, or sporting events you’ve participated in or just sharing a great book you read.

Read your classmates’ blogs, comment, be creative with your posts, include media and please don’t forget to categorize and tag your work!

Hiking at 4000 meters in the Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru

MYP Technology – Full Steam Ahead!

As the new year approaches, I am really excited to embark on the journey of Design Technology teacher at Canadian Academy.  This year, we have created a department where Design Technology will be taught throughout the whole MYP Program Years 1-5 (grades 6-10) as a stand alone class.  The middle school students will get design technology both in an electives course and co-taught in some of their core curriculum subjects.

After attending a conference at the International School of Atlanta (Georgia, USA) this summer as a refresher course, I am recharged and ready to utilize my new classroom/lab and can’t wait to see what my students are going to design and create!