20 Ways Teachers Are Using Legos in the Classroom

Posted by Debby on 5th January and posted in Innovation, STEM

I guess you could call me a late convert to the LEGO bandwagon. I didn’t really play with LEGOs when I was a kid. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t a dolly type of girl either. I was just more interested in horses and dogs than I was in building stuff. I’ve never been great on those three-dimensional puzzles or test questions either. You know, the ones where they show you a flattened out shape and you have to figure out what it will be when it is put together? Yeah, I hate those.

Lights Out - Pepperdine OMET sumemr 2002It’s pretty safe to say that the first time I really played with LEGOs was in graduate school. I had been accepted into the Educational Technology master’s program at Pepperdine University. I showed up for the orientation week (virtcamp) with new pencils and new notebooks… and was totally unprepared for what happened next. Over the course of the week, I was told that not only would I get a chance to play with LEGOs, I was supposed to use them to build something that solved a problem. What?  To be honest, when our group got our kit, the first thing that happened was an OCD overload. All of those shapes, colors, and sizes, and none of it organized in any way whatsoever! I had to sort before I could think lol. I loved to play with computer code, but I just didn’t get into this project. Until later… a few years later…

Now it seems like LEGOs permeate just about everything I do. My kids have millions of them, so they are all over my house. A significant part of my teaching career over the past 5 or 6 years has revolved around LEGO projects. I’ve even used LEGOs as object lessons when facilitating professional development workshops for educators. It’s amazing how many different ways you can work LEGOs into the curriculum 🙂

Edudemic recently posted an article titled “20 Ways Teachers Are Using Legos in the Classroom”. I’ve done many of those… and I am certain there are many, many more ideas for how to use them. It’s amazing how those silly little plastic bricks can bring out so much creativity, team work, and problem solving capabilities in students. I love them!


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