Why do I often feel the need to convince “others” (Meaning people who are not teachers, do not work with teachers, or are not married or partners of teachers.),that my summer vacation is well-deserved and/or not really a break at all?
Which, by the way, is exactly what I am doing in this blog post! LOL READ MORE …
Sometimes you get tired of the “new” thing in education.
Well, I was tired of hearing, reading, and/or discussing “STEM”or “STEAM”, whichever you prefer.
I really didn’t understand what the big deal was until we participated in Jen Wagner’s “Marble Run Challenge.”
Now don’t get me wrong, my kids code, we integrate tech, etc, but I had never done a STEM project….READ MORE...
FLL Robotics Competition
I have worked in schools that have been defined by a number of labels. High poverty, large percentage of free and reduced lunch, low income, those types of labels.
When those labels are used, although they shouldn’t, they tend to define a school, their students, and the parents.
Generalizations are made.
Well, you know, because the school is high poverty, the free and reduced lunch percentage is high, and there are many low income families…READ MORE…
An easel sits in the right hand corner of our room.
It’s always been there.
Sometimes I use it, most of the time I don’t.
I started to notice something a few days ago.
My students have taken over the easel.
My heart broke when I read the story of this 4 year old abused girl. When the officers asked her what her name was, she responded, “Idiot.” The other child living in the house said that she was called that in place of her name.READ MORE…
It’s that time.
I’m sad summer is over, but, I am excited at the start of a new year!:)
Besides some of the typical activities I use every year, (e.g”Getting to Know You” Bingo), here are some new activities I will be using.
Two of the ideas I got from Matt Bergman’s blog, “Learn, Lead, Grow.” He created a Google Slides of class expectations and had the class work in groups to complete them. Can you say “student ownership?” I added some of my own expectations that I want them to work on. When they are done, I will print the slides, put them on posterboard and hang up our rules. (I must have rules posted in my classroom.)… READ MORE