Locker Problem-Based Learning Unit

Students will be presented with a real life problem that can be solved in multiple correct ways. Students are often tardy to class and forget items that are essential to their learning. Students will measure their locker space and design a prototype of an organizational tool that will fit into their locker and that they can use in such a way that it will assist them in being more organized and on time for class. This project integrates math, science and English Language Arts to solve a real-life problem.

Tamera Zelwin is currently a 7th–8th grade math teacher at Orchard STEM School. She earned her Grades 1–8 teaching license and Master’s Degree from John Carroll University as well as her Grades 4–9 math license from Cleveland State University. She began her career in 1997, teaching fifth grade. Tamera earned her National Board Certification in 2004 and her Master Teacher Designation in 2010. Tamera has participated in a variety of leadership roles, including co-authoring Orchard’s ConnectED Apple grant; collaborating as a member of the Master Teacher Committee; acting as a Lead STEM Practitioner for CMSD as well as for Orchard; being a Resident Educator Mentor for first-year teachers; serving as a coach for student athletes in the We Run This City Program; and serving as a coach for both boys’ and girls’ track teams. Tamera has designed problem-based learning experiences and showcased her students’ work at the Great Lakes Science Center’s annual Rock Your World with STEAM event. She loves to learn new ways to integrate Apple technology, coding, and 3-D printing into her math classroom, and is especially motivated when she witnesses her students’ love of learning, passion and creativity. Tamera is also a resident of the community in which she teaches.