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!
pssst! Have you heard about Mystery Science? If you teach elementary science, you need to check out this site! It's a new site that currently has lessons for grades 2-5 (lessons for K-1 are being piloted) and it's a fantastic resource! Today, I led my students through the lesson "Why do the stars change with the seasons?" I printed the activity materials needed beforehand - the ... Read More about Mystery Science
This year, for the very first time in my 8 years of teaching, I've decided to keep the same theme in my room. Since I'm not switching rooms (which I've done 5 times in 8 years!), it meant that I could leave most of the stuff up on the walls and bulletin boards. For the first time ever, it took me only 1 day to get my room ready for the summer. In my school, we need to move the ... Read More about Setting Up My Classroom
That's me! Well, let me tell you about one of mine! It has always been a dream of mine to go zip-lining and I found that my sister and her hubby also wanted to try it. There is a place about 30 minutes from me in Ocala FL, Zip the Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours, http://www.zipthecanyons.com/index.html . The Canyons is a 95 acre former limestone quarry with some ... Read More about What was the CRAZIEST thing you did this summer?