Hello all, I have updated the look of the blog a bit, mostly to make it easier to access the newly updated Stories Pages. I have divided the stories into ones to use for Elementary and ones to use for Middle or Upper school. Content for the stories is almost all student-driven. As I’ve written… Read More New Stories and a (slightly) New Look
I have been using brain breaks in my classroom a lot this year, mostly to move kids around in my classroom and to get their wiggles out. I have been trying out all kinds of things for them to do: Simon Says – It’s always fun to do quick round of my favorite game in… Read More Brain Breaks and The Story Circle – A Fun Twist on Class Stories
The day after our class fiestas was not really what I was expecting…… Read More Fiestas and a Hard Lesson (For Me)
Hi everyone! As I have mentioned a few times before, I have been planning to use news articles in the classroom for reading materials for my middle school students. I have been putting off writing about it because I wanted to try a few different kinds of activities before I write about how great or… Read More Using News in Middle School
This school year has been going for a month now and things are coming together. I wasn’t so sure that this would happen, though. I had a lot of changes this year, the biggest of which was getting rid of all my desks. I had a practice run of this last year with my half-deskless… Read More Falling Into Place
2 weeks in, but really only 1 week in We’re two and a half weeks into the year, which means that most of my classes have completed a week’s worth of work (I only see the kids 2 times a week). It’s been a very positive first few weeks of school and I’m looking forward… Read More Building skills, not learning facts…And an announcement about ACTFL 2018
The year is beginning and the desks are out! (I have 4 folding tables that I can bring out if I need to, but they are out of the way and I’m loving the openness of the classroom!) An Outward Sign of What Class is Like At the beginning of every year, I spend a… Read More No More Desks!