Make things better


Innovation is not just high tech ideas 🤖 and genius-level intellect 🔬but is about making things better and expanding your own abilities.🚀

Innovation starts with the possibility that things could be better. Innovation is a magic mix of imagination and effort.

If something is bugging you, get creative! What could you make better using your own innovation? What could you try? 

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Why does innovation cause us to look at things in a different way?

How can you make something better while you’re at home?


Teachers hold parade to greet students home during pandemic (2:11)

Teachers are creating innovating ways to connect with their students. A group of teachers hopped in their cars Wednesday and toured their neighborhood, waving to their students. This heartwarming moment brought a smile to many faces.


Watch + Learn

Rethink. Redefine. Recreate. Watch this inspiring Ted Talk on the  The Art of Innovation (4:15-6:50 for a “chilling” example of innovation; Whole video 21:15)

Family Adventure-tivity

Explore 5 Ways to Foster Innovation in your middle schooler. We love the idea of having a home Makerspace that you can create one at home with materials you already have! “Once children have an idea in mind of something they want to create, resist the urge to tell them how to do it, even if they ask. Instead, give them just enough assistance to help them progress, while still fostering their independence.”


Design Challenge

Build your own face mask out of things you have that don’t normally go on your face! Be creative and share your video/photo with us online. Check out Zane’s goofy attempt above. your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram!

Explore More

Why stop there? Make your own superhero costume! Replicate your favorite character’s costume or invent your very own superhero complete with personalized powers.


Online Learning Toolkit

As our students are navigating change, adjusting to online learning, and supporting their families during this public health crisis, our students’ Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills are being tested every day. This week, we will bring you resources on teaching the 5 Core Competencies of SEL. Missed our last Daily Adventure? Find all of our SEL resources at 

SEL Core Competency of the Day:  Self Awareness

From our adventures with middle schoolers, we regularly witness just how much self-awareness affects our adolescent friend’s self-image and self-confidence. Marc Brackett, Ph.D., the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, argues that we all need to be emotional scientistsAccording to Brackett, “We need to remake education so that it includes emotional skills”. By teaching our students tools to build self-awareness, we can help them grow their ability to handle stress, persevere through obstacles, and achieve their goals (like completing online assignments on time)! We hope these ideas and resources help you support your students and help your students grow their SEL.

Introduce Self Awareness

AMLE recommends making mindfulness a regular practice in our classroom (real or online). Introduce mindfulness to your students with this short animation or with this video from some of the NBA’s and hip-hop’s biggest stars.

Build Self Awareness

Practice self-awareness through creative writing. The goal of these quick writing prompts is not grammar or formatting. The goal is thoughtful reflection.

Our favorite is the Daily 10 Word Rap: Have students describe their day, their neighborhood, or their mood in just 10 words. This is a great connection point to talk with students about stressors and supports.  If you want to kick it up a notch, record yourself rapping your own 10-word story (the more embarrassing your rap skills the better!) For example: Sky grey. Body heavy, drained. Sunshine is too far away. 

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