Saturday, September 29, 2012

Freebie Friday!

I've been working on planning an upcoming unit on Ecology and am so inspired by the beautiful fall weather!  Need an excuse to take your kids outside for science?  Look no further.  Here is a fun 10-page freebie for my science teacher friends!  If you download, and like the product, please consider following me here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lego Procedure Activity: Working with the best of the best...

I work with THE best of the best!  The other teachers in my grade level department are just awesome.  They come up with the greatest ideas and are willing to go above and beyond to reach our middle-level learners.  Here is a short activity that my ultra-talented colleagues (Debbie and Christine) came up with to help kids understand the importance of scientific procedure reading and writing.  They kindly shared the idea (and Legos) with me and it was a real hit in my classroom today!  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Marzano Madness

Here is one way that I help my students track their progress toward learning goals.   Download a free copy for use in your classroom using the link that follows.  In addition to posting the the scale in my classroom, students use graph paper to chart how they "grow" in their learning from the beginning, middle and end of a unit of study.  This seems to be working well so far!

Click here to download a free copy!

Getting in the groove...

Now that the back to school exhaustion is starting to wear off, I'm ready to commit some more time to sharing some of the super fun things that my kiddos have been working on in 6th grade.  We start the year with a science process skills unit, so I've been working my creative gears to make this unit as interactive and engaging as possible.  One area that seems to be particularly weak for some students is vocabulary acquisition and application, particularly when taken to the level of analysis.  To scaffold the vocabulary for this unit, I created three learning center activities that can be used for practice within the classroom or sent home in a small bag for extra review.   They are of varying difficulty, so I grouped my students accordingly and made time to meet with each group to check in. The first one is simple definition matching, the second requires some application and the third involves analyzing an experiment for design flaws.  I put them up on a bulletin board so that kids can use them during class as well as during study periods and homeroom!

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Sunday, September 9, 2012


Resolutions are a common new year's tradition, but this year I've decided to commit to a birthday resolution.  There is no better motivation than adding a number to your age to really inspire some good old fashion self-reflection.  So here I am.  This is my blog, a word that probably didn't exist when I stepped in front a classroom of students for the first time...and fell in love with my job.  I've been inspired over the past few months by my fellow teaching professionals and the work they have put into sharing and networking their talents online.    So as I blow out the candles and kick off the 2012-13 school year,  I find myself here with a resolution to try something new...Here it goes!


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