Sandy Gady

I teach 7th and 8th grade Math,Science, Design and Engineering. I received my National Board Certification in EA Science in 2006. This is my 25th year of teaching.


Renton, Washington


Pacific Middle School

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Recent Posts by Sandy
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:59 PM in Even Middle School Students Like to Be Read To
Every year I try to come up with a list of books I can read to my middle school Design and Engineering students to motivate them to think outside the box, problem solve and come to an understanding of what it means to be an “Engineer,” a student, or otherwise just plain nice person. Generally I come up with some ideas from my elementary colleagues, who seem to know all of the best books ever....

Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:55 PM in STEM AND Super Heros
Thank you Wendy and Cheryl for posting this idea. I really like how you have activities set out for all of the grade levels. As a middle school teacher, I am thinking many of the ideas can be modified to meet the needs of my middle school Design and Engineering students. I love the idea of having a Maker Faire type of event where parents are invited to an evening of helping super heroes desig...

Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:28 PM in 2015 Technology I Can’t Wait to Try …
Perusing through the forums, I found a link to purchase slow motion software, slow motion camera and tri-pod. The link is and is linked to a site called “The Pro Am,” Professional Sports Analytics for Amateurs. It appears to be based out of Great Britain, payment is accepted through Paypal. The cost is $38.98 GBP, which comes to $62.43 US. I have always wanted ...

Recent Reviews by Sandy

Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:31 PM
5 Just a Collection
This collection is put together for the sole purpose of keeping materials in one place to be used when I am teaching a concept. It is not meant to be a full collection of what is available from all NSTA resources.

Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:28 PM
5 Just a Collection
This collection is merely a grouping of articles I use when I need to find materials for a given topic. It is not meant to be a collection of other NSTA resources.

Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:19 PM
5 Just in Time NGSS PD, Priceless
I left this conference with a much greater understanding of NGSS and how others are incorporating the new standards in their classrooms. While all of the sessions were outstanding and the available resources helped promote deeper understanding, I was particularly drawn to the sessions on “Modeling” with Cynthia Passmore and “Explanation and Argumentation,” by Jonathon Osborne. I have had so many questions the past year as I have tried to grasp the implications of NGSS on my middle school classroom, I am feeling more confident I am headed in the right direction. These sessions would make for wonderful PD opportunities. This is one conference I am looking forward to revisiting several times. As I grow, these sessions grow with me

Recent Public Collections by Sandy

1 Resources


More Than One “Right” Answer
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

Inquiry, Argumentation, and the Phases of the Moon: Helping Students Learn Important Concepts and Practices
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Middle School

9 Resources

The Benefits of Scientific Modeling
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School