I LOVE teaching science and teaching science through inquiry activities is a game-changer! I've always considered myself a "hands-on" teacher but I've learned that while "hands-on" is a lot of fun for students, they don't always come away with what I intended them to learn. Using inquiry activities in the classroom can excite and engage your students AND they will come away with a ... Read More about Using Inquiry to Excite and Engage
It's THAT time of year again! I go back into the classroom for pre-planning in just over 1 week and meet my students on August 12th! We are going back to school 2 weeks earlier than we normally do which made my summer seem super short. This will be my TENTH year in the classroom and for the first time ever, I won't be in my classroom for more than 1 day before ... Read More about Classroom Sneak Peek!
I'm so excited that Teachers Pay Teachers selected my blog post for their blog! Check out this post featured on the TpT blog! I love Teachers Pay Teachers and am so thankful and proud to be a member of this incredible community teacher-authors! ... Read More about Teachers Pay Teachers Blog!
SUMMER! It's finally here! I had a great year with my 5th graders but it was stressful and busy. I'm so happy that summer is here. I can sleep late, reconnect with my kids, relax. have fun, and do the things I love to do that I don't have much time for during the school year. Here is MY list of 10 things I plan on doing this summer and you should consider too! 1. Read a ... Read More about 10 Things Teachers Need to Do This Summer
We had our first day of FSA Math testing today. The FSA is the Florida standardized "test" which is actually the "AIR" test, and, well, you know, I'm sure they are all just about the same anyway. Or not. Who knows, we're not allowed to look at it or talk about it. Can you tell I'm not a big fan? I don't mind the idea of a standardized test, I just don't agree with the ... Read More about Reduce Test Anxiety with Go Noodle!
It's another Leap Year! Leap Day only happens once every 4 years, so I'm celebrating in my classroom with a Leap Day Leap Frog Catapult Stem Challenge! I explain the objective and rules of the challenge, give them the materials and let them design and have fun! Throughout the challenge, my students are answering questions, recording ideas, observations, making revisions, collecting ... Read More about Leap Day Leap Frog Fun STEM Challenge!