Right now, I am collaborating and co-teaching with two of my third grade colleagues to introduce our next unit on countries by opening with an introduction to each of the seven continents. Each of us has two continents to present and the first one I was tasked with was Africa! Follow along… Continue reading Africa: A Mini-Unit in Review
On Thursday night, inspiration hit me hard. After reading "A Mindset for Learning" by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz, I was thinking, "How can I inspire thinking with a growth mindset in my own classroom?" Out of this thought were born these awards: My elementary school has an awards ceremony every quarter and I plan on… Continue reading Growth Mindset ❤ Awards and Recognitions
There is an abundance of television portrayals of teachers. Here are my top 5, in no particular order: Mr. Feeny was amazing. Though his style of teaching is not one that aligns very well with my own, I always appreciated his "big idea" thinking and how he was somehow able to tie morals and life… Continue reading My 5 Most Influential Television Teachers
It's an age old question: What is the difference between a performance task assessment and an authentic assessment? Well, maybe it's not that old of a question... All of us have fond memories of meticulously bubbling in multiple-choice questions during our youth. Remember that time you bubbled in an answer so darkly there was graphite dust all… Continue reading Spot the Difference: Performance Task Assessment vs. Authentic Assessment
It was a daunting task: teaching third graders mathematical concepts that would add to the foundations of their basic math knowledge. "You're a smart gal," I said. "You can do this," I told myself. "You will deliver math lessons through flipped math centers," I heard a higher being boom. (In my daydream, it was a super… Continue reading CLASSROOM HOW-TO: Flipped Math Centers
An evident truth: kids just get technology. It's kind of the same way that I just get communicating with cats, but much more useful. Actually, as I began typing the title for this post, Milo nipped me because I stopped petting him. So maybe I don't get communicating with cats...ANYWAYS... I am always looking for ways to… Continue reading Mov(i)ers & Shakers: iMovie Trailers as a Performance Task Assessment
About two weeks ago, I was talking to one of my favorite teachers of all time: my beautiful stepmother. She gets me, because amidst our conversations about life, she pulled out this AMAZING resource that she was planning on using as a holiday gift for her second graders and it was an engineering task. A… Continue reading We so Holiday STEMmy, it *HURTS*.
I have always sworn, students are a bit crazier the WEEK BEFORE the week before a vacation. I totally understand the "Santa Claus is comin' to town" mentality, because honestly I live that life SO hard. I do have a new set of eyes as a first year teacher and, wow, the excitement and happiness in my classroom is at an all-time high. So anyways, back to the WEEK BEFORE the week before a vacation. That week is upon us...and I have something to help you out!