Do you use Choice Boards in your classroom? As educators, we know about the power of choice for our students. Student choice increases engagement, allows for differentiation, and helps to foster intrinsic motivation. You can read more about the key benefits of student choice here on ASCD. I started using choice boards a few years ago during our reading block and it was magic. In addition to ... Read More about How To Use Digital Choice Boards
Are you familiar with the term, "Leave No Trace"? It is an often-heard phrase within National Parks or exploring the backcountry wilderness. As a resident and teacher in a small town in northwest Montana, I write this post with a heavy heart. Glacier National Park is literally, my backyard. This summer we have seen overcrowding, an increase in trash, dead animals, and severe damage to our ... Read More about National Parks and the Leave No Trace Philosophy
Virtual Classrooms - be warned, they are addicting! The latest craze, virtual classrooms was all the rage this past spring. Teachers, students, staff, everyone was joining in on the fun! Have you fallen down this rabbit hole yet? I created a virtual classroom for my students during remote learning as a way to reengage them. We were tired of being separated and stuck inside at home so it ... Read More about How to Create Virtual Classrooms with Google Slides
I love to use Green Screen Technology in my classroom! You don't need a fancy set up and once trained, my students run the show. Using green screen technology is a great way to extend students and a great project for early finishers. I love to use the green screen as a culmination to a unit of study. As a class, we did this at the end of our Super Storms unit and the videos came out ... Read More about Green Screen in the Classroom
Psst, this post contains a FREEBIE for you! I admit I love to organize and label things in my classroom. But, I have a love/hate relationship with moving. First, you have to pack up all the things, yuck. But, then you get to go through and organize and get rid of things you don't use anymore which is great. So, the packing up isn't fun, but the feeling of being all organized once you are ... Read More about Let’s Organize and Label All The Bins!
How can it be 100 days of school already? Does anyone else feel like they ask themselves this question every year? Every year, I go through all the emotions - Yeah, Spring/Summer is near! To - OMG, we still have so much to learn! How do you celebrate 100 days of school? In second-grade it isn't as much fanfare as some of the lower grades. Typically, I organize STEM ... Read More about 100 Days of School – Freebie Alert!
Playing Cards for Math Games? Heck Yeah! Recently, I heard a teacher say that they didn't have time for playing games during math. I get it, math blocks are tight and there is a lot to cover in a limited amount of time. Honestly, though, the comment made me feel sad. In my opinion, playing games is a wonderful way to reinforce learning engagingly. It's fun and games teach important social ... Read More about Math Games with Playing Cards
Getting students to write is tricky but using these informational writing templates, "How To Make Whipped Cream" and "How to Make Hot Chocolate" should help. There is nothing like the lure of homemade whipped cream to get those pencils busy! I love to pull out this activity during the winter when my students need a little extra motivation to write. Typically, we break up our writing units by ... Read More about How To Writing with Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream