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
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
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!
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
I don't know many people who wake up in the morning with a plan to fail. Failure is not comfortable & watching someone we love fail isn't the most enjoyable experience. But failure is inevitable. Everyone is going to fail at some point in their life & I strongly believe we need to prepare our … Continue reading Fail Forward
One of the first things on my agenda when I accepted my first teaching position was setting up my classroom. I didn't have a specific color scheme or theme in mind, all I knew was the feeling I wanted my room to give others (students, teachers... really anyone who walked through the door) when they … Continue reading Setting Up My Classroom(s)