Forget the Drill and Kill For skills that you have already taught up to this point in the year, instead of doing “Drill and Kills” try assessing your students' ability to apply this new knowledge when problem-solving. Using Blooms Level III, “Application” Solve problems in new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques, and rules … Continue reading A Quick Lesson to know if your students are ready for STAAR
My 1st son was enrolled in our Neighborhood School for Kindergarten which was also my first year of teaching. It was touted as an "excellent school" and all of our neighbor's kids attended there. My second year of teaching I was offered a job just a few miles from the house at another elementary school. … Continue reading Should I Enroll My Child Where I Teach?
I am noticing sever al school districts are encouraging teachers to use Heinemann Author, Lucy Calkins in their writing instruction. As an Instructional Coach (IC) I like to dive right into a new curriculum (or dust off an old one) and learn it so I can work effectively with teachers. I started like all Master … Continue reading Teaching Writing the Lucy Calkins Way Made Easy
As women (or men who step up to the plate) we have this innate ability to take on whatever is brought to our attention. As mothers we take our role of nurturing to encompass all things. As teachers we do NO LESS... Teachers are one of the most underrepresented group of people in an … Continue reading Something’s Gotta Give
ELL Instructional Ideas From Great Teachers
Source: Fifth Grade Life: Geography Vocabulary Foldable Assignment and Rubric
Source: Academic Vocabulary Program: Second Grade
I love Outlook! Ok, maybe that's a little dramatic but it really helps me stay on top of things. I put everything in my schedule. I add reminders for appointments, trainings, meetings or what have you. The account is on my Android so my alerts pop up there as well. Teachers usually work off of … Continue reading Using Outlook for Maximum Efficiency
I got so tired of making copies and trying to keep up with absent student work. Being ADD I am all over the place and tend to miss a detail or two. So, my solution is a binder and paper coordinator. I have jobs for everything in my class. It supports responsibility, frees me up … Continue reading What to do about students losing copies of worksheets or they are absent?