Late Work · Missing Work

Maximizing Efficiency for Collecting Late or Missing Work

I found myself giving the students a mini-lecture on time management and turning things in on time, for the umpteenth time this year. I stated, “I WILL NOT be hunting you down for missing assignments at the end of this quarter.” A hand shot up. “Mrs. Biggs, you say that every quarter. Maybe you should… Continue reading Maximizing Efficiency for Collecting Late or Missing Work

Flexible Seating · Student Choice

Flexible Seating: Year 3

What a difference a year makes! My group last year adapted to flexible seating after maybe two weeks. They all used the furniture appropriately and I never had any issues. Fast forward a year, and it’s mid-November and I’m pulling my hair out. My new group is extremely inquisitive, yet they are struggling with all… Continue reading Flexible Seating: Year 3

Digital Citizenship · Personalized Learning

Accountability & Collaboration in Upper Elemantary

I often plan stations or rotations where I am at one station, and the students have group, pair, or independent work at the others. Students were (almost) always on task for me, but were often chatty, off-task, or goofing off during the others. I have worked for the past few years on getting the students… Continue reading Accountability & Collaboration in Upper Elemantary

Digital Teaching Resources · Inquiry-Based · Simulations · Uncategorized

Turning Paper Simulations into Digital Content

Ask any former student what their favorite thing about my class is, and most will say, “Simulation.” Simulation is something another teacher showed me from Scholastic that comes in a PDF form or you can purchase the physical packet for about a dollar more.  I have purchased all the ones below and they are well… Continue reading Turning Paper Simulations into Digital Content

Art Integration · STEAM · Uncategorized

Art Integration in Upper Elementary

My favorite subject in school was always art. This recent┬áMind Shift article got me thinking about how I am using (or not using) art in my classroom. During my Sharing the Planet unit, I teach Native American regions, early European Explorers, and plant and animal classification. This interdisciplinary unit focuses on the central idea: Native… Continue reading Art Integration in Upper Elementary

Digital Teaching Resources · Social Media

How Technology Changed the Teaching Profession (and it’s not what you think)

The internet at your fingertips. Virtual Field Trips. Google Earth. Google Classroom. Google anything, really….Drive….Slides….Docs…Calendar. What did we do before Google? Those are all great, but not what I was thinking. During graduate school, we had to write two-three page lesson plans, which were a total waste. Three pages per lesson, at five subjects a… Continue reading How Technology Changed the Teaching Profession (and it’s not what you think)

Back-To-School · First Day · Flexible Seating · Inquiry-Based · Student Choice · Uncategorized

Reflections from Day 1, Year 8

I was very excited to start school this year. I have a new teaching partner, a new class theme, and 28 newly minted fourth graders. I wanted my first day of school to look different than previous years. I wanted to build excitement and focus on fostering individual relationships with the kids. While I have… Continue reading Reflections from Day 1, Year 8