The conversation goes the same almost every time, an equal split between genders: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "A YouTuber," the student replies. A YouTuber. I need to remember that to make meaningful connections to our learning across the curriculum. "What type of YouTube videos do you want to make: streaming video games? Toy testing? Daily vlogs? Something entirely different?"
My news feed has been blasted lately with teacher mental health and wellbeing articles. Recently, ASCD posted this article, "Emotional Resilience: The Missing Ingredient," about fostering emotional resilience in educators. EdWeek posted an opinion article this month, "Who Is Taking Care of Teachers?" that speaks to the emotional weights teachers are carrying day-to-day. Another great article to check out, in the form of a podcast or blog post, is Jennifer Gonzalez's wisdom in "Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves (and 4 Ways to Start)"
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.
Part of being an effective educator is reflecting on practice and pedagogy to enhance the learning of students. With being a reflective teacher comes assessing the physical space of the classroom. If you've been in my shoes, you know there is always room for better organization. Below, find 10+ tips, tricks, and tools I use to keep my flexible seating classroom organized!
Growing your PLN through social media allows you to take bite-sized chunks of awesomeness from other educators to use in your own practice AND it allows you to share your ideas to grow them, deepen them, and make them stronger through conversation with others! It's like a think, pair, share situation but for teachers in the virtual world. Our students would be so proud!
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!
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