STEM Challenges are one of my favorite ways to engage my students. STEM challenges require the use of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in a way that replicates real-world challenges and how teams really work together to solve a problem. A STEM challenge is also a way for students to be creative and hands-on and may help students who seemingly struggle academically, to show off their ... Read More about 5 Tips for Using STEM Challenges in Your Classroom
Happy New Year! Do you want to start the new year on the right foot in your classroom? Coming back to school after a long break is the perfect time for a fresh start and a classroom reset. I like to start the new year with renewed energy and a positive outlook. I am excited to get back into the classroom with my sweet students - I've missed them! The school year is nearly ... Read More about 5 Tips to Start the New Year in Your Classroom
Need help keeping your students engaged in learning on the days leading up to winter break? Challenge them with a Christmas math project. Every December, students seem even more energetic than usual and less focused on learning. I am always looking for fun and meaningful ways to engage them. This 12 Days of Christmas Math Project is challenging, yet fun, and allows students to practice ... Read More about Celebrate Christmas with a Christmas Math Project!
Need a no-prep, simple, engaging, and meaningful way to celebrate Thanksgiving with your students? Have your students complete Thanksgiving gratitude writing activities. Reflecting on all we have to be thankful for and showing gratitude to others is such a meaningful way to help anyone feel better about themselves. Thanksgiving is always a great time to reflect on how much we have to be ... Read More about 3 Ideas for Thanksgiving Gratitude Writing Activities
Why do I love book talks? Want to learn how to use book talks with your students? I love to read and I love helping to teach children a love of reading. I've found that just putting a good book in a student's hands is not always enough for all kids. Some kids need a little more encouragement to pick up a good book. Book talks are an engaging reading project and great way to help kids ... Read More about How to Use Book Talks
Wow. So much has changed in the course of just a few short weeks. Like most of you, I'm now trying to figure out how to teach my class remotely. Fortunately, I am beginning Spring Break right now so I have some time to work on it. Like many people, when I have too much time on my hands, I tend to want to play and not work. I decided to make an effort to be somewhat productive and began to ... Read More about Customize Your Google Classroom!