Posted in Creating and Maintaining Learning Environment, Developing as an Educator, Engaging and Supporting Student Learning

Will you be the next Teacher of the Year? Thoughts for new and seasoned Teachers.

The other day I was lucky enough to meet one of our young educators in our District who will be recognized as Teacher of the Year in our County.  It was exciting to see her embrace this news.

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Posted in Developing as an Educator, Engaging and Supporting Student Learning, Planning Instruction/Designing Learning, Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter

How’s Your Math Mindset?

 

I had the opportunity a few years ago to hear Jo Boaler speak at a District Presentation. At the time the district was learning more about math talks, and looking at how we teach math. Since that time I have changed some of my practices to include more math talks, eliminate timed tests, and approach math problems with students demonstrating multiple ways of thinking. Continue reading “How’s Your Math Mindset?”

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Mindfulness Meets Design Thinking

Can you imagine this state of being could meet this methodology?  But the two did so meet when a young boy named Isaac Camacho, a fifth grader in Mr. Musmeci’s class, came up with the idea for the book, Master of Mindfulness How to Be a Superhero In Times of Stress.  His class, fifth graders from Reach Academy in East Oakland, California practiced mindfulness in school with their teacher, Miss Laurie.  So Isaac had the idea to share this practice with their classmates through a book.

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Posted in Developing as an Educator, Planning Instruction/Designing Learning

The 8 Most Useful Innovation Tools for Your Elementary Classroom – #1 and #2: The Reading and Writing Strategies Books Guest Blog Post by Kris McArtor

Please welcome a special guest to my blog, Kris McArtor.  She is a 4th grade teacher, mother, learner, runner, technology lover and future innovator. I am pleased to have her share her experiences using the Reading Strategies Book and Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo.

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By Kris McArtor – Guest Blogger
@KrisMcArtor
https://swimmingupstream2017.wordpress.com/

As my 4th grade team and I moved into the final quarter of last year, we realized we were REALLY tired of teaching writing the way we had been. WE came up with a genre, taught lessons that helped kids understand what that genre encapsulated, then let them choose their topics. Most of the time. Sometimes, we chose the umbrella topic (famous Americans prior to 1800, a personal story, a story that had to involve fantasy elements) and let them go from there. It was how we’d taught writing for years, and it just wasn’t getting it done for us anymore.

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Clear Away to Create the New

Clearing away things is often difficult for many of us in the teaching profession. Whether we need to clear our schedule, clear our desk, clear our room, clear bad habits, or clear our attitude – the fact is things need to be Cleared Away to make space to Create  the New.  Continue reading “Clear Away to Create the New”