At the beginning of this school year, I was starting my second go-around with reader's workshop, a model of instruction that just feels too good to be true every single day. However, over the previous year, I hadn't nailed down any great way to organize my data for reader's workshop. It was this looming bit… Continue reading Reading Conference Data Made ORGANIZED & MEANINGFUL with Editable Binder!
At the beginning of the year, I find myself searching for simple games to get choice math centers started in my classroom. Incoming third graders are great young mathematicians and I want them to get excited about math centers so we can set the tone for math for the remainder of the year. One of… Continue reading Array Dot Cards Math Center: A Multiplication Strategy
It started like this (as many great teacher ideas do) over lunch: "How will we wrap up our geometry unit?" my colleague implored. "I checked out the performance task for this chapter and it's great!" another responded (P.S. She was right, they are great, and we used the performance task, too!). "What if we could… Continue reading Geolympic Games: A HANDS-ON and ENGAGING Geometry Activity
Geometry...it's tricky, friends! Between remembering all the plane shapes third graders should know and the attributes that make those shapes, well, those shapes, there's just a lot of KNOWING. So, I wondered how to make it stick through a hands-on, simple activity that would gets kiddos talking geometry. Then, it hit me: categorizing figures! SO,… Continue reading Geometry Categorize It: Plane Shapes & Their Attributes
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 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*.