This past school year, 2018-2019, our school district adopted a platform called School City. The goal was to roll out a math assessment for each grade level, each trimester. I was fortunate to be the 5th grade representative from my school! As the representative from my school, I got to work with other 5th grade teachers … Continue reading School City: District Math Assessments
Strike A Pose: Formative Assessment
I really appreciate educators who share their ideas on social media so I can implement them in my own classroom! One idea I implemented for my science review, which could easily be used in EVERY subject, was "Strike a Pose"! I can't remember who posted the idea originally, but I did tweak it a little … Continue reading Strike A Pose: Formative Assessment
Equivalent Fraction Frenzy
A good portion of fifth grade math deals with four fraction operations: addition & subtraction with unlike denominators , multiplication, & division. There are some important things to know before students can truly understand any of these operations. For example, it is important that students know what a fraction is & what each part of … Continue reading Equivalent Fraction Frenzy
Shop Local: Adding & Subtracting Decimals
Adding and subtracting decimals is one of the essential skills in 5th grade. There aren't many years in our lives when we aren't working with decimals! I wanted to give my students a meaningful learning experience in order to show them how applicable adding and subtracting decimals is in the real world, and also their … Continue reading Shop Local: Adding & Subtracting Decimals
Almost two years ago, one of my co-workers approached me about starting a STEM endorsement with her. It sounded like a great opportunity at first, but I immediately thought of all the reasons why it wouldn't work. I was only a second year teacher (or officially a first year teacher since my internship didn't count … Continue reading (STEM) Endorsed
Mission (IM)possible: Error Analysis
One of my favorite ways to practice a math skill is to complete error analysis. Regardless of how it is set up, the goal of this activity is to allow students to analyze a problem solved incorrectly, identify & explain the error, then solve it correctly. Even though the concept is the same, sometimes the … Continue reading Mission (IM)possible: Error Analysis
So How’d You Make Those Mountains?
About this time last year, I was just getting into my new classroom! It was exciting to put a new spin on a space my students & I would call home. When I was putting together my first classroom, the first thing I did was consult social media. When my Mountain Classroom was finally finished, … Continue reading So How’d You Make Those Mountains?
#InviteYoTeacher: Building Relationships
It all started with T-ball, Jr. Jazz Basketball, & Jr. Blitz Soccer. Growing up, being involved in extracurricular activities was normal for me. If I wasn't at school, I was probably at an organized practice, practicing in my backyard, or competing. From Kindergarten until the day I graduated high school, I was constantly busy with … Continue reading #InviteYoTeacher: Building Relationships
My students absolutely love PE! They usually come back excited about a game they played & full of energy. About a month ago, my students came back in the classroom unusually quiet & found their seats. While it was unusual, I didn't think much of it & we got ready for lunch. After checking my … Continue reading Circle Up!
Differentiation Through Games
I am the teacher who is constantly thinking of ways to shake up the lessons in my classroom. I don't walk down the game aisle or through the Target Dollar Spot thinking about practical life purchases, but instead, I ask myself, "How could I use this in the classroom?" (let's be honest, any classroom purchase … Continue reading Differentiation Through Games