Leap Day only comes around every four years so I like to give February 29th some special recognition in my classroom! We have some Leap Day Fun and my students read about it, write about it, math about it, and just have some fun with it too. Four years ago, I created a reading passage with questions and a math activity all about Leap Day and Leap Year. I've recently added some math ... Read More about Leap Day Fun!
At the end of each school year, I reflect back and choose one thing I really want to change and improve upon and I make that my own mini-professional development for the summer. This past summer, I chose classroom management. I've always been known for good classroom management and I've always had the ability to build good relationships with challenging students. However, in the past few years, ... Read More about Classroom Management Makeover
In Language Arts, my students recently completed a novel unit using Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I used the 5th-grade novel unit from ReadWorks.org and it was fantastic! The unit is broken down into 22 days with lessons on genre, predictions, plot conflicts, theme, relationships, gender roles textual analysis, and a ton of vocabulary resources. It was jam-packed ... Read More about Book vs. Movie Ideas For You
I LOVE using Google in my classroom and over the last few years, I've found ways to use Google Forms that really help make my teaching life easier. No matter what, I'm always overwhelmed with piles of papers to grade or to hand out - aren't we all? Pushing out some activities, assignments, and forms to Google Forms helps me manage that overload. I can easily pull up what I need ... Read More about How to Use Google Forms to Make Your Teaching Life Easier!
Do you dread writing sub plans? I know Ido! Do you dread coming back from a day out of your classroom and reading the note from the sub about your students' behavior? Yup, I did. I can't help you with sub plans today but I can help you with ways to help your students behave better for a guest teacher in your classroom. I have TWO easy tips for you! ... Read More about Two Easy Tips to Prepare Your Class for a Sub
I use workstations (or centers, stations - whatever YOU call them) daily in my Language Arts and Math blocks and several times a week in my Science block. I've tried MANY ways to manage my rotations and I will probably continue to try different ways. Every year is different and every group of students is different. Couple that with the changing demands of your curriculum or ... Read More about A SIMPLE Way to Effectively Manage Your Workstations!