Exit Slips and Assessing Student Understanding

Data has become a central theme in classrooms today. We have formative assessments, summative assessments, reading level assessments, MAP testing, STAAR tests, other standardized tests, istation, the list can go on forever. The last thing we need as teachers is another thing to grade or another assessment! We do need to check in with our … Continue reading Exit Slips and Assessing Student Understanding

Science Lab Kits to complete your science lessons

If you’ve ever thought, “I just need a good lab so my students can master this week’s science content.”… My new Science Lab Kits are for you! If you’ve ever thought, “I just don’t have the materials to set up a good lab this week.”… My new Science Lab Kits are also for you! I am including … Continue reading Science Lab Kits to complete your science lessons

The One Review Activity You Should Start Adding to Your Science Lessons Today

My first year of teaching I was hired halfway through the year. Not only did I have to quickly figure out my teaching style, but I also had to get about 50 students ready to pass that dreaded 5th Grade Science STAAR test. I needed a way to make learning stick, and stick fast. I … Continue reading The One Review Activity You Should Start Adding to Your Science Lessons Today

Ditching Behavior Charts for Better Behavior in the Classroom

I ditched behavior charts long, long ago, and I have never regretted it! (Don’t miss the FREE behavior toolkit download below!!) AND, I have had fewer behavior problems!! 😎 Not only was it more work to keep up with and more rewards to provide… I saw how it damaged a child’s view of themself and … Continue reading Ditching Behavior Charts for Better Behavior in the Classroom

3 Tips for Transforming a Chatty Class into an Engaged Class

Children are social creatures at any age. That’s why recess, lunch, and group work has always been a favorite for students. Don’t fret over a chatty class. You can use that to your advantage! I have 3 simple hacks for transforming your chatty class into an engaged class! One of my favorite quotes I have … Continue reading 3 Tips for Transforming a Chatty Class into an Engaged Class

What is a Scientist? STEM and Literacy Kindergarten Science

The great thing about these STEM and Literacy Lesssons is that they are very flexible. You can spread them out over the course of two weeks (or more) if you want. Or, if you're lucky enough to have ample science or STEM time, you can use it for one week. Here is a sample schedule … Continue reading What is a Scientist? STEM and Literacy Kindergarten Science

What is a Scientist? STEM and Literacy 1st Grade Science

The great thing about these STEM and Literacy Lesssons is that they are very flexible. You can spread them out over the course of two weeks (or more) if you want. Or, if you're lucky enough to have ample science or STEM time, you can use it for one week. Here is a sample schedule … Continue reading What is a Scientist? STEM and Literacy 1st Grade Science

10 Effective Differentiation Strategies for a Variety of Learners

1. Varied challenge levels This is a super simple, but effective differentiation strategy for any teacher. Think about the level of learning you want each student to achieve and start there. You may be asking one student to identify elements of a story, looking for main idea and details. But, another student may need deeper … Continue reading 10 Effective Differentiation Strategies for a Variety of Learners