One way to get students engaged and thinking creatively at the end of the year is to have them create their own review board games. It's a great way to have them review the content and then when they are done, you can use their games to lesson plan in extra practice time! Win-win! If you have been playing games all year, your students are likely already familiar with the layout of board games. Games can be very beneficial in the classroom, as I talked about in my post Spark a Love for Learning ... Read More about End of the Year Review Game
Number talks are powerful but short activities that increase student learning and achievement in math classrooms. This brief activity is often 10-15 minutes in length and helps support the mathematical sensemaking that common core requires. It always helps promote flexible thinking while developing number sense and mental computation. What I really like about it is it helps our kiddos feel more confident in themselves and trust their own reasoning. It also helps them understand that there is ... Read More about How to Have Number Talks
Are you teaching STEM right? I'm willing to bet you're not. Often when I see things labeled as STEM, it's simply not. It may come close. But it's likely not true STEM. And that's what this post is about. I had created two "STEM" resources myself that I was proud of. But now they need some revisions after what I had learned about true STEM. What Makes TRUE STEM? 1.) True STEM Integrates All Four Subjects First, it integrates all four subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and ... Read More about Are you doing STEM right? I’m betting NOT!
Students often don't know what to do when it comes to preparing for testing. Even if they had heard from the previous years' teacher to get a good night's sleep or to eat a healthy breakfast, it's likely to be far from their mind. It's our job to help students be prepared and successful. One way that I like to help my students be successful is through a motivational technique where I provide them with a paper lunch bag with a "prescription for success." Each student ... Read More about Preparing Students for Testing
Students have to review material before a test. This is especially true before a test that has higher stakes involved. Typically schools pull out the boring Test Prep workbooks and you see the eyes of your students begin to glaze over. But it doesn't have to be this way. Even though the high-stakes testing is important and serious, you can still have engaging test prep. In fact, the likelihood of the student remembering the material is going to be higher if the test prep is ... Read More about Engaging Test Prep Ideas