ELA, Useful Teacher Tools

Reading Conference Data Made ORGANIZED & MEANINGFUL with Editable Binder!

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!

ELA, math, Performance Task Assessment

Geolympic Games: A HANDS-ON and ENGAGING Geometry Activity

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

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CLASSROOM HOW-TO: Flipped Math Centers

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

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A Crime Scene Investigation: A Lesson in Making Inferences

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!