Earth Day Ideas for Elementary Science {and Why Earth Day Fun Means Real Learning}

Earth Day is a great holiday to celebrate while building background knowledge (or schema) for science. You may think your cute Earth Day crafts are a fun break from real learning, but talking about Earth's characteristics, resources, and conservation will make learning about these topics in depth later on so much easier! Ways Earth Day … Continue reading Earth Day Ideas for Elementary Science {and Why Earth Day Fun Means Real Learning}

STEM and Literacy Activities for Surviving Christmas and Winter in the Classroom

We all know that the couple of weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas/Winter Break can be rough on teacher energy levels and student behavior. And then, the weeks after Winter Break are tough, too. In December, we are all just waiting for that next break, and the kids more or less mentally check out.  In January, its … Continue reading STEM and Literacy Activities for Surviving Christmas and Winter in the Classroom

How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School- Part 3 #lessongoals

The last post in this series covered #planninggoals. I talked about how to plan a scope and sequence for your school year. A mandatory prerequisite to lesson planning 🙂 What makes an outstanding Science program that supports the teachers in your school? Calling all teachers, specialists, and principals! Its not a daunting task. I am here … Continue reading How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School- Part 3 #lessongoals

How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School- Part 2 #planninggoals

Last week we started off this series with #learninggoals. I listed some must have's for learning goals. What makes an outstanding Science program that supports the teachers in your school? Calling all teachers, specialists, and principals! Its not a daunting task. I am here to help! Do you wish your current science program included engaging … Continue reading How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School- Part 2 #planninggoals

How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School – Part 1 #learninggoals

What makes an outstanding Science program that supports the teachers in your school? Calling all teachers, specialists, and principals! Its not a daunting task. I am here to help! Do you wish your current science program included engaging hands-on activities that helped your students experience each standard in a meaningful way? Do you wish your current … Continue reading How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School – Part 1 #learninggoals

Creative Play and Learning

Playdoh + Glowsticks + Flashlights = Exciting Learning Fun! https://www.instagram.com/p/BP0Xa-uj5bi/?taken-by=teachersworkstation Having a four year old at home who is very interested in Science and Engineering keeps me busy looking for something to challenge or intrigue him. Today, he so proudly brought me that Earth he made. I have been building a 4th grade Earth, Sun, … Continue reading Creative Play and Learning

How to get your work done during the school day (and leave on time)

Hi teacher friends! Since school is starting back up, I want to share my secret to keeping my sanity while teaching. I am a planner, and I figured out very quickly that teaching was a job that needed serious time management. At first, I spent nights and weekends grading papers. It took me four hours on … Continue reading How to get your work done during the school day (and leave on time)

Why Elementary Science Matters (and How You Can Make It Happen)

Science matters in Kindergarten, just as much as it matters in High School. With elementary science teachers, high school science teachers have a huge helping hand in teaching and sparking scientific interest in our kids today as well as for our scientists and thinkers of the future. When I used to think about a science … Continue reading Why Elementary Science Matters (and How You Can Make It Happen)

Back to School: 3 Steps to Streamlining Your Lesson Planning

July is almost over already?!?! Summer goes by faster and faster each year I think. July is the month I always scheduled my CPE and professional development workshops to prepare for the upcoming school year. I also get organized and set up for my school year in July. I am a bit of a planning … Continue reading Back to School: 3 Steps to Streamlining Your Lesson Planning