Kindness Week comes each year and it's so important to do something every single day of the week for two reasons: so students really begin to embody the idea of performing random acts of kindness AND so students can start spotting kind things others do for them.
I wanted to make sure students' birthday celebrations in the classroom weaved in some pretty clear social emotional learning. I wanted students to make connections with each other on these special days and also have memories that would last them for many years to come. When I got to thinking, I had an idea: a birthday compliment book!
This year, I wanted to have a non-candy, inexpensive Valentine's Day gift for my students. It didn't take long for me to realize that third graders would most definitely LOVE those plastic, neon sunglasses (fitting for all occasions) that are so popular as party favors.
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
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
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!