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 Mind 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

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

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 · 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