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Episode 48: The Future Is Now

Jeff Utecht April 25, 2018 31 1

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This week I reflect on my manual labor weekend helping my wife flip a house north of Seattle. I woke up sore, tired and excited. Why? Why is doing stuff so much fun? How can we have students make more stuff?

Where did I learn how to do all this?

Why is manual labor so much fun?

Why did I sleep so well?


1. Find a way to have your students make something physical. Give them the challenge to build a tower, a bridge, a wagon for the Oregon Trail out of popsicle sticks. There is so much learning and feeling of accomplishments when we do manual labor and we get to see our progress.

2. Find a way to bring movement into your classroom. Find a way to get students up and moving!


The Shift Key Podcast: http://elpn.edurolearning.com

The Future Is Now Conference: http://www.sospodcast.org/tfin

Date: June 27, 2018
Where: Seattle, WA
Time: 8-4
Parking Includes
6 STEM Clock Hours available

Jeff’s Wife New Passion: http://www.g3-homes.com



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  1. Heather Walton on May 9, 2018

    My students are testing this week and I thought this message was perfect for the stress they are facing. So far, we are moving about every 30 minutes whether it is an indoor game, playing outside, or a quick mindful/meditation exercise. Yesterday for their destressor time, they built lego objects. I gave them the direction to create anything and got some great vehicles, houses, animals and buildings from every kid!

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