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...
I could have assigned the Natural Disaster Research report
It would have been soooo much easier.
It’s already written. We’ve used it before.
It has a rubric, complete with strict guidelines on what must be included in order to get the best grade.
But I couldn’t do it. 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.
One year I was being observed and the class I had was trying to sign into Schoology, again. I was frustrated because a. I was being observed and b. This was not the first time they had signed into Schoology. And to be honest if I wasn’t being observed, I might not have been quite as frustrated. But that’s another story…
So, during the post observation my administrator suggested that I create “cheat sheets.” I said, “I keep telling them how to do it, they should get it.” And then, I went home and created the “cheat sheet”, and I have been doing it ever since. READ MORE..
I always want to know what my students think of me.
Not in a “shower me with praises because I am so great” kind of way, but just knowing how they felt about being in our classroom.
I usually do a survey each quarter, but for some reason, probably new grade, curriculum, etc… I didn’t get to it.READ MORE…
If You Give a Child a Packet…Or Sometimes a Worksheet.
Packets come in all shapes, sizes, and subjects.
I have used packets on occasion, less and less with more and more years of teaching..
Packets can be cute, fun, and/or adorable, but it doesn’t disguise its intent. Time spent on, usually, meaningless work, busy work. READ MORE…