The Great American Teach In was today! We had amazing volunteers come in and share what they do with our students. We heard from a chiropractor, K-9 police officers, an author, nurse anesthesiologist, race car driver, and a pharmacy technician! We ended the day in the computer lab where students wrote their reflections and learning from the day on our class Padlet then researched what they want to be when they grow up. It was an awesome day of learning! #greatamericanteachin
Confession: I have abandoned flexible seating in one subject area. 😱 I am enjoying the benefits of it in MOST subjects but it simply is not working for me in math 🙅🏼♀️ ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ I need my students to be strategically placed in high/medium or medium/low pairing to strengthen conversation and utilize Kagan structures more effectively. Last week I gave students assigned math partners and seats. Our first time this year having assigned seats! So inflexible of me, but they are learning so much more! I wish I did it sooner. I could not get my students discussion up to a level I was striving towards. Now they are coaching one another more and challenging one another’s thinking 👏🏼 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ If something isn’t working, change it! It was hard for me to realize our math block, at the end of the day, needed more structure. It took talking to a colleague about her math block and she continued to talk about the power of her student’s discussions. Isn’t it funny how a quick conversation with a colleague can leave such an impact?What has your experience been with flexible seating in math? #flexibleseating
A friend shared a quote on Facebook that children don’t need perfect parents but happy ones. Our students need the same. As teachers, we don’t need to be perfect but we need to CHOOSE to be happy #sohardsometimes #happyhumpday
Yesterday we played Jeopardy to review for our rounding test. After reading The Wild Card I changed the procedure for the game to make sure every child was held accountable and involved for every question, all voices heard! . ➡️How we played: ➖I had teams of 3-4 students, each team had a spokesperson. Team 1’s spokesperson chooses a category and amount (X Marks the Spot for $200) ➖ALL students solve the problem silently on their whiteboards (biggest game changer that holds every child accountable) ➖Then I say ‘Turn and Talk’ and one team member explains how they solved it to the rest of the team. Then others can agree/disagree. The team member who shares first rotates (again, everyone has to share first and participate! No hogs or logs!) ➖Spokesperson changes their answer if needed but when time is called only the spokesperson shows me their board. If they have the correct answer, I award the team points ➖I rotate to the next team to choose the category and amount. Once they got the hang of the procedures/rules, the Jeopardy game went so well and was so fun! I truly think some of them understood the concept of rounding better after having to explain their process to their peers 👏🏼
Friday our class store was open for business! In my quest to be #minimalist and save money, I didn’t want a bunch of things for students my students. I didn’t want to store, restock, organize all of the things. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ So I whipped up some coupons with Pinterest serving up some inspiration and put them in a binder. Students loved it and I loved the simplicity of it. See more in my stories (including my top sellers), I saved it to a highlight in my profile! Do you have a class store? I’d love to know what coupons/items your student’s like to buy!
We have spent WEEKS learning about informational text. In this unit students wrote their own informational books 📚 They have published their work that is complete with table of contents & text features like headings, pictures, captions, and labels. Their books have also been added to our class library. Boy, do they LOVE reading each other’s books! Giving students a purpose and audience makes writing so much more meaningful! ❤️
We had so much fun catapulting our learning by making catapults to launch pumpkins into scoop-chairs! 🎃 I love the second clip where the boy needed an extra challenge so his partner moved the scoop-chair back and forth! This also tied into our unit on types of energy (kinetic vs. potential)! #halloweenfun #STEM #STEAM
As we learn new prefixes and suffixes, our vocabulary tree grows more leaves!