As we get ready for state testing in the spring, I'm always looking for test prep and study ideas that aren't worksheets or a standard question/answer game. One review strategy that I've used over and over in many content areas is having students prepare and share reciprocal teaching presentations. Here's how that works in my … Continue reading Using Reciprocal Teaching Presentations As An Engaging Test Prep Strategy
Make up work: ugh! I hated it as a student, and I think I’m even less fond of it as a teacher. When students miss several days of school for a trip, make up work is stressful for everyone involved. It means extra books and materials for families to lug around and time spent on … Continue reading Travel Tic-Tac-Toe: Make-Up Work that Teachers and Students Will Love
Get all of the printables pictured below delivered to your email! The KWL Chart (Know/Want to know/Learned) is a great tool for helping students activate prior knowledge and review concepts that have been learned. It’s one of the first graphic organizers most pre-service teachers learn about, and teachers use it across all grade levels and … Continue reading Taking KWL Charts Up a Notch: Encouraging Wonder, Curiosity, and Reflection Throughout Any Unit
Student portfolios can help teachers, students, parents, and administrators recognize the value of a STEM program, and they can be a tool for identifying areas of challenge and growth beyond the subjects that are traditionally graded. As your students maintain their own portfolios, they’ll continually reflect on their STEM work and set related goals. You’ll empower them to take ownership of their own learning and help them to foster a growth mindset related to STEM content areas and 21st century skills, including collaboration, communication, inquiry thinking, and problem solving.
As a teacher, I love finding ready to use resources to send home with my students to help prevent the dreaded “summer slide.” As a mom, I really appreciate easy ideas to keep kids busy during the summer without over reliance on a screen or my over involvement, but with cheap materials that I probably already have on hand.
Here are 30 relatively cheap and easy ideas that will engage elementary age kids in STEAM activities over the summer.
As I’ve learned more about STEM education, I’ve developed a better understanding of the nuances of many related terms, and I thought it might be helpful to make a list here! I'm also sharing a free engineering design process poster set.
I dug up an old blog post that I wrote (back when I had a blog for about two minutes in 2011) about a set of picture cards I created for flexible student grouping. I thought this would be a great time of year to update and share this idea again. A printable version is … Continue reading Partner Picture Cards for Cooperative Learning and Group Activities
Get a copy of these ideas and free Pi Day printables delivered to your email! Call me a nerd if you’d like, but I’ll unabashedly claim Pi Day as my absolute favorite holiday as a teacher! Obviously, I love the yearly excuse to eat a few bites of every kind of pie imaginable (so much … Continue reading Pi Day Activities in 5th Grade
Hello out there! One of my resolutions for 2018 is to find opportunities for growth by pushing myself beyond my comfort zone, and starting a blog definitely fits the bill! So, I guess I should tell you a bit about myself, especially since I haven't even figured out how to publish an About Me page … Continue reading Hello!