ITEEA The Elementary STEM Journal, Vol. 23, Issue 3
PublisherInternational Technology and Engineering Educators Association, Reston
ReleasedMarch 1, 2019
The Elementary STEM Journal, Volume 23, Issue 3 - March, 2019

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From the ITEEA Elementary STEM Council President: Finding Balance

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Finding Balance

by Kimberly Bradshaw

Balance is something that I think each of us strives to achieve on a daily basis, especially as educators. Each educator is focused not only on how to help students learn the content that we are teaching, but also striving to make sure that students can apply these concepts to daily situations. Sometimes we become so focused on the content, differentiating it to maximize learning for all students and ensuring that the students have mastered that content, that we forget to have fun with our students along the way. Finding that balance often requires our willingness to step outside the box and try something new.

As a building administrator, I am able to witness balance in action on a daily basis. Just a few weeks ago one of our fifth grade teachers planned a lesson with her students in which they solved math problems on a grid in the hallway and directed robots using code to a designated square on that grid. The smiles on the faces of the students and purposeful collaboration was worth all of the time and the risk of trying something new. 

IMG_0853-300-lg.jpgThis edition of The Elementary STEM Journal is full of articles, lesson plans, and strategies to help you find balance in your classroom and school. We hope that you will find that “spark” to help you find joy in balancing all the facets of your interactions with students. 


Kimberly Bradshaw is the Principal of Green Valley Elementary in Roanoke County, VA. She has been an elementary educator for 23 years, serving as an elementary principal for the past ten years. Kim is a member of VASCD, ITEEA, ESC, CSL, and serves on the Family Council for Coastal Carolina University. She holds a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Longwood College. Kim can be reached at