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

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)

Digital Citizenship · Digital Teaching Resources · Google Sites · IB · Uncategorized

End-of-Year Lifesavers

If you are like me, those last few days of school are a struggle. The students have finished their end-of-year exams, they know grades are finished, but you’re not quite ready to pop in the movie just yet. I found a  few lifesavers that helped me keep my sanity this week. Rock on to 5th… Continue reading End-of-Year Lifesavers

Digital Teaching Resources · IB

IB Exhibition: Part II

My students have been working on Exhibition for a few weeks now. (See previous post on how we got started, our Unit of Inquiry, and “Finding Out”.) After researching man-made systems, my students moved on to “Sorting Out” and “Going Further.” The students chose three key concepts to start brainstorming questions to go along with… Continue reading IB Exhibition: Part II

Digital Teaching Resources · IB · Uncategorized

IB Exhibition: Part I

What is IB Exhibition? In IB terms: The exhibition represents a unique and significant opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile developed throughout their engagement with the PYP. It also provides teachers with a powerful and authentic process for assessing student understanding. In educator terms: Students in 4th grade  engage in inquiry-based, collaborative,… Continue reading IB Exhibition: Part I