Getting to know my students, is one of my biggest goals the first few weeks back to school! It’s important to build a classroom community where all my fifth-grade students feel safe and a part of our class. This year’s Back to School activities will look different, but getting to know my students will still be on the top of… Read More
STEM Quick Challenges STEM Quick Challenges are great ways to get your students engaged in learning and also a way to introduce a new topic or concept. These challenges can also be thought of as a “hook” for a lesson, getting students mentally ready to learn. It can also build wonder in your students! Why use Quick STEM Challenges?… Read More
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I love integrating STEM into my fifth grade classroom, especially during the Christmas holiday season. If you are like me, I like planning out my STEM Activities for December early! Getting all the supplies ready and gathered up! Students get excited and stay engaged whenever learning is made fun! It also gives my students something to look forward to on… Read More
Are you looking for children’s books that start great classroom discussions about character education? I start every morning with a family meeting. Our family meetings are a huge part of building our classroom community. I love reading picture books to my students! And yes, I teach 5th grade. 5th graders even look forward to our book a day! These books bring… Read More
February STEM February is one of my favorite months! It is full of excitement and fun learning opportunities. Candy hearts and making Love Boats are fun ways to get my students learning important skills while they are thinking critically and problem solving! Teaching students measurement skills can be fun, whenever you throw in some candy hearts. Check out my STEM… Read More
Wow, starting another year! I always reflect on my teaching practices and how my students are learning. Questions I ask myself: Are my students learning? Are they engaged? Are they enjoying learning? Are they loving school? Are they becoming lifelong learners? This year while reading, these words stuck out to me: Learning by doing! I feel that STEM totally encompasses… Read More
20 Things I’ve learned in my 20 years of teaching!! Wow! The saying is so true, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” I’m not saying teaching is easy or there hasn’t been days that I wanted to become a Wal-Mart store greeter, but when your passions meet your love you don’t feel like it’s work!! Whenever you love what you… Read More
Hey if you are considering purchasing my STEM Famous Landmarks Bundle, you may want to check out the supply list before you buy! Remember these are only suggestions! My students usually blow my mind with the creative ideas they come up with. Have fun! Click here STEM Famous Landmarks Supply List Suggestions!
STEM Challenges are a great way to engage your students. The Next Generation Science Standards has a great engineering component. Adding STEM to your classroom will get your students thinking critically, problem solving, and collaborating with their peers! Students will begin thinking more creativity when given STEM opportunities. My STEM Challenge Bundle is a great packet for beginning… Read More
How I use 1:1 Technology in My Upper Elementary Classroom I’ve had the benefit of having 1:1 technology in my classroom for the last three years. In my classroom, we have a Smart Board, my students have Chromebooks, eleven iPads, 3 Dashes, 8 Ozobots, and 2 Spheros. So, learning how to use technology effectively, while still implementing “best teaching practices” has… Read More
Wow! Spring Break is over and there are only 43 more days of school left before SUMMER!!! This year has been a blur! I always start wondering, “What will my students remember about being in my class?” “Will they remember worksheets or test prep?” I really hope not! Yes, I use worksheets (sometimes) and I prepare my students with… Read More