New Page! Upcoming Workshops

I’ve had quite a few requests via email wanting to attend some of my upcoming workshops, so I’ve created a new page: Upcoming Workshops. Now you can quickly see if I’ll be hosting a maker ed workshop in your area! Conversely, if you want to book a workshop, please visit my booking page.
I’m also really excited to announce that I can now offer the Texas area a Makey Makey Certified Educator Workshop. Let me know if you want to book this Invention Literacy Workshop for your service center! Each participant will go home with a Makey Makey!

Upcoming Workshops


  • June 6-9: Pinecrest Innovation Institute, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • Preconference Workshop with Josh Burker “Low Floor, High Ceiling Tools for Exploring Possibilities”
    • Keynote: Making and Literacy



  • July 6-7: The Grove/Mess Labs, Dallas, Texas (More info coming soon)
    • July 6: Scratch in the Classroom
    • July 7: Become a Makey Makey Certified Educator


  • July 20-21: Arkansas Association of School Librarians Summer Workshop
    • Keynote
    • Concurrent Sessions: Hacking Literacy with Making, Poetry Hacked by Maker Ed


  • August 18: Makerspace Training for Edinburg, Texas
    • Building a Maker Culture
    • Big Book of Makerspace Projects Workshop


  • Oct 19: ISLMA Illnois School Library Media Association
    • 2:00- 5:00: Hacking Literacy with Maker Ed Workshop
    • 7:00- 8:00: Keynote “Making and Literacy” sewing circuits (1)

Want to book your own workshop? Go to my booking/contact page!


Poetry Month – #Interactive #Stickynote Poem Wall (2).png

Last week during a very successful lesson in interactive #blackoutpoetry with Mrs. Myers’ classes, my student aides and Mrs. Smalley started working on our poetry month display. I asked one of my aides to print words on sticky notes so we could have a no-tech interactive wall next to our Makey Makey interactive poems on our display.

Hooking up Mrs. Myers' student #blackoutpoetry in our #poetrymonth display!

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Wait… did you say print on sticky notes?

Yep! This is a super cool trick I figured out earlier in the year when I wanted to print “New” on sticky notes to distinguish our new books from other books on our showcase. I used the template on this page and had my student aide create a Word document then attempt to match the boxes. I just asked her to print some nouns and verbs she thought would be good for creating poetry. Once you have your words in Word, place your sticky notes on the template, put in the manual paper feed on your printer (loose side nearest to you so they don’t come off inside the printer) and hit print! Voilà! Neatly printed words on sticky notes!

Gather notes on a wall and let students make their own poetry! Here is the first revised poem by one of our RHS students below. Click through to read all the stanzas!

Butterfly Effect

I love seeing other libraries adapt and institute this super simple interactive poetry wall! Please tag me if you make your own sticky note poetry wall @gravescolleen on Twitter and @makerteacherlibrarian on Instagram!

Other Sticky Note Ideas

Other Poetry Hacks