Paragraph writing problems solved For years, paragraph writing in my fifth and sixth grade classrooms has relied on the colors of a stoplight. Most students do well with the formulaic nature and paragraph organization that is embedded within this model. I’ve had two problems gnawing at me though. The first problem is that most students get it… so there are still others… Read More
https://youtu.be/k7IirdE0vpo Sharing interactive games in my classroom makes practicing skills like math facts much more enjoyable… as long as they stay interactive. Google Classroom was making that a challenge for me. Until yesterday. Here’s how to solve the problem!
An amazing collection of resources for Back to School, Reading, Writing & Grammar for the secondary classroom!
Teaching Long Division. I can almost feel the pain just typing the words. I think I have some residual PTSD from erasing a hole through my paper in Ms. Donahue’s fourth grade class in the 80’s. Guessing wrong how many times 37 “go-zin-ta” 566… and not knowing until the end of a traumatic subtraction exercise complete with WAY too much… Read More
One of the most challenging aspects of teaching math is assessing each student’s level of understanding. It feels like it changes minute by minute- and there’s no neon ticker scrolling over their heads! I was shocked when I realized that the video math lessons I was already making, might actually help with assessment. My biggest fear, when teaching new concepts, is… Read More
In 2018, I toyed with the idea of digital writer’s notebooks. In 2019 I piloted it with just one class during the Writer Wednesday part of our weekly ELA warm ups. When we found ourselves in a global pandemic in 2020, I was glad I took that risk!