Socratic Seminar with Kids

I have been doing a “Revolutionary Roundtable” for four years now as the summative assessment from my “Who We Are” IB Unit called Rebel Rousers. (This is for 56 fourth graders, who would be working with the SC standard 4.3.1: Explain the major political and economic factors leading to the American Revolution, including the French […]

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My Top 6 Digital TpT Purchases

Everyone loves a good printable. But while printables and worksheets look cute, they’re not always the best for higher order thinking, collaboration, and creativity. I was asked during a Digital Cohort class to go around the school where the class was taking place and to take pictures of student work around the building. What we […]

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Genius Hour: Part III

Genius Hour is by far the best part of my week and my students would agree. Every Thursday, they walk down the hallway asking if we will be doing Genius Hour today. (The answer is always “yes”!) Each Genius Hour brings up some struggle to be addressed or genius idea to implement in the future. […]

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Teaching with Padlet

This blog post could easily be titled Year Four: Personalized Learning because it ties in with my previous posts. While students are working at their own pace in my math class through ALEKS and their tracking sheets, I also have Padlet pages for every standard. (I use their app on my iPad, too). Padlet is […]

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Involving Parents

There is nothing worse than spending an hour creating a weekly class newsletter, no matter how cute, and finding out that no one reads it. I’d import pictures, type up class events, create a class calendar, and I’d still get several parent emails a week asking me for information that was in my newsletter. Then […]

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