If At First They Don’t Succeed, Make Them Try Again

Since it's summer and I know we teachers love to think about big picture changes to our classrooms.... here's one of my "things". I give quizzes a lot. A lot, a lot. They're pretty low stakes point wise; each quiz is 5 points, no matter how many questions, which usually works out to around 2-4%... Continue Reading →

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If You Want To Know, Just Ask!

Who doesn't love creating/giving/evaluating a good pre-assessment? Not this teacher. But we all know we need to know a baseline for our students. We can assume what our students know about a unit. We can have an idea what they should know based on vertical alignment and what was taught (hopefully)  in previous grades. But let's... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Use of Wikipedia

Do your students just love Wikipedia? Do they love competitions? Do you want to see how much they know about a topic before you start and are sick of pre-tests? Are you looking for opportunities to further challenge your students that finish their work early or who are ready to move on while others in... Continue Reading →

Let Nature Be Your Guide!

Last summer, as part of my Master's in Teaching Biology (which was awesome, learn more here.) I took a class on bioinspiration. I had never really heard of bioinspiration and didn't know what I was getting into. IT WAS SO COOL! In a nut shell, bioinspiration is looking at how an organism or ecosystem performs... Continue Reading →

Velcro Vocab Folder Puzzle Thingies!

Last summer, my (then) 3 year old went to nature camp at our local forest preserve. As a warm up activity, they had the kids match pieces of butterfly pictures that were velcroed to a manila folder. Brilliant! Though I thought my high schoolers might appreciate the simplicity of butterfly pictures (and maybe they'd actually... Continue Reading →

Bringing in the Big Guns

This post has nothing to do with actual guns. Sorry (or you're welcome). I'm talking about the "big guns" of information. Yes; real, live human beings that are experts in their field. I'm a huge advocate for field trips. Any time that you can get your kids out into the real world and let them experience something... Continue Reading →

My Journey to Techiness…

  I make no claims at being tech-savy, but I'm not afraid to give something new a shot. The tech in my classroom is completely trial and error (of course, the kids think I've got it all under control). This post is basically what I've learned over the last couple years as far as integrating... Continue Reading →

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