Kasey Mannion

My name is Kasey Mannion. I am a pre-service teacher completing my internship in a first-grade classroom in Baltimore County Public Schools.




University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Recent Posts by Kasey

Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:53 AM in Controling the speed of the lesson
Hi Sarah,  As a pre-service teacher myself, I can totally relate to feeling this way! I think it's great that you find ways to adapt during your teaching. For me, knowing my students well and planning my lessons down to the minute is what helps me to keep my pacing in check. I find that I often have to resist the urge to rush through lessons. I make sure my lessons include collaborative learni...

Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:17 PM in Disagreeing Parents?
Hi Tany,    You bring up a really important point and something that is certainly imtimidating for new teachers! However, I feel that it is so important that we, as educators, stand up for what we believe in and teach our students the proper science content. If a parent expresses that they disagree with your teaching (when it is truly factually accurate,) I feel that is an issue you should ...

Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:05 PM in Engineering Design Process
Hi All,  I am wondering if anyone has any super unique and engaging ways to introduce the engineering design process to elementary students? I am creating an extensive engineering unit for 5th grade students and want to be sure that I grab the students' attention from the very first day and get them excited about engineering a complex model.   Many thanks always,  Kasey  

Recent Reviews by Kasey

Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:49 PM
5 Encourages Creativity
I appreciate how the reverse engineering process gives students the opportunity to explore engineering solutions without being given limitations or conditions- this promotes student creativity. I can imagine that giving students this freedom to creatively solve a problem would be very engaging and motivating to students. Engineering lessons are most effective when students are invested in their explorations and are excited to reach a unique solution. The reverse engineering process asks students to explore first and connect learned science concepts after the first stage of exploration. I think this process is the true reflection of an authentic engineering project. I like the graphic of the reverse engineering process and the table for student responses that are included in the article.

Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:28 PM
4 Very Helpful for Planning
This article provides five optimizations for the elementary engineering design process: choosing the right design challenge, choosing testable criteria for failure and success, representing a design through a drawing or maquette, labeling and describing design plans, and exploring while designing. These optimizations are very specific and give excellent parameters for the initial stages of planning an engineering unit. After reading the article, I found that I had a clearer idea of the criteria that should be included in my own extensive engineering project that I am creating. I appreciated that the article included options for effective differentiation. I was unfamiliar with the idea of a maquette before reading the article but now I will certainly be tasking my students with creating maquette during the design process. A very helpful read!

Recent Public Collections by Kasey

Thinking Engineering
Type: Journal Article

Perspectives: Project-Based Science
Type: Journal Article