When a colleague told us we should try interactive notebooks in math, we agreed and then went on our merry ways and did math the same old way for another year, so at the end of that school year, she approached us again and DEMANDED we buy an Interactive Math Journal lesson plan set. We took a look, bought it and then went on summer vacation never to think about math for a whole two months. Near the end of the summer we opened it up and it CHANGED OUR WORLD. We will never teach math the same way again. That being said, there are a few things we learned about the process and we wanted to share these tips with you so you don’t have to spend so much time figuring things out yourself.[Read more…] about Things We Learned From Interactive Math Notebooks
Here’s a little task you can give to your students to make an environmentally friendly Christmas tree ornament. Using recycled paper products is good for the environment, especially if parents keep the ornaments that are created for generations. It’s especially great if you have lots of extra paper lying around. Rescue it from the recycling bin and use it to make the holidays a little brighter.
This is a great task to put into your makerspace for the month of December, but you can make these any time of year if your paper isn’t seasonal.[Read more…] about Recycled Paper Ornaments
What do you do when you want to challenge students, but you also want them to learn? We give them critical thinking challenges. Critical thing requires many skills-problem solving, collaboration, design thinking, and perseverance. When a critical thinking question is carefully crafted, you can get students to explore learning outcomes while having fun and being engaged in their learning at the same time.[Read more…] about What About Critical Thinking Challenges?
Do your students suck at researching topics? Do they just copy and paste from Wikipedia? Can they find accurate information on their own or do they all just end up at Wikipedia and cite Google Search as a source? Can they use text features or find an actual book?[Read more…] about Research Skills: Google Search
A strange thing happened this year. Our students were so dramatic-and by that we mean we started using drama as a way to help teach, review and reinforce our learning in every subject area. The kids loved it-even the shy and quiet ones.[Read more…] about Add Some Drama to Your Classroom
Are you one of those teachers who has trouble fitting health lessons into your weekly lessons because you already have so much to teach? Stop overlooking the value of health class! You can leverage health lessons to teach reading and writing. You can help students in your class be organized, play safely and get along with each other. So why are you ignoring all these important outcomes?[Read more…] about Stop Overlooking Health Class!