As teachers, we face the reality that our job is never really *done.* There is always more planning to do, more work to be assessed, and more organizing that could be done. There are parents to call, meetings to attend, and paperwork to be completed. The idea of setting a resolution this New Year that relates to the job is...well, a bit overwhelming. But I've got you. I'm here with some ideas. I'm setting one (or two...three...six) of these for myself this year, because even though there is always SOMETHING else to do before you head home to your family on a Monday afternoon, there's always room to grow, too.
Each year when spring arrives in the classroom, I cannot help but feel overwhelmed with the thought of my current students moving on to the next grade. Of course, I'm excited for them, but I'm also ALWAYS wondering, "What will these kiddos remember from this class? What was their favorite moment from this year? How have they grown as small humans?"
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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