What is it?
Project Elementary is a site for the promotion of and support for creativity in teaching and learning in elementary education. It is for teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and anyone else who feels the urgent need to return the power of creativity and inspiration to teachers and students. On this site, you will find Project-Based Learning ideas, ways for incorporating art and sustainability into all subjects, help for fleshing out your teaching ideas, and curriculum pieces that will enhance joy and critical thinking.
Who is it?
Project Elementary is the creation of me, Aimee DeFoe. I have been an elementary school teacher for 12 years. I currently teach and learn at Kentucky Avenue School in Pittsburgh, PA, where I also serve as Assistant Principal. I am also an art teacher, a musician, a camp director, a curriculum writer and a parent. I became a teacher in 1997 because being a teacher was a way to be immersed in the human spirit each day while using my creativity to put some lasting good into the world. This was before No Child Left Behind testing mania, before every second of every day was turned into time to break the joy of learning down into a lifeless chunk of developmentally-inappropriate-multiple-choice-testable material that turns teachers into widgets and steals our children’s right to think, create, make mistakes, get messy, and try again. My hope is that Project Elementary can inspire and assist you in undoing this wrong.