Let's face it.  Sometimes students look at you while your teaching and you can read their minds. "Why in the world are we doing this?" And in their defense...when they are filling out worksheets or pages of a math workbook, it's easy to lose the "real world" in the math and focus instead on the answers in the boxes. Whenever humanly possible, I try to make math meaningful to my students...whether it be by inserting their names into word problems, using math to solve problems around the class, or showcasing cool "math stuff" I come across in my own life. So this week it was my birthday.  I am NOT a fan of my birthday--although I had fun last year with my students because my age had so many factors....1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 18, 24, and 48.  This year?  Nothing mathematically "cool" so I decided to make them WORK for their cake Mathematicians Ask Questions One thing that I have noticed with my students over the years is that they a...
Do your students have a tough time coming up with writing topics?? I love to give my students choice when writing, but I always find that one of their biggest struggles is deciding what to write about. At the beginning of any of my writing units, one of the very first lessons I teach is on generating writing topics. For OPINION WRITING, I thought I would share some of the categories I discuss with students when generating opinion writing topics of their own. Favorite Things For students who are new to Opinion Writing, writing about their favorite things is a good place to start. Each student has their own special interests, and we all know that they hold very strong opinions about their favorite things. I ask students to create a list of all of their favorite things, and provide topic suggestions, such as favorite sport, food, book, movie, school subject, and animal. Students can add any of their favorites to their lists, and after discussions with their classmates these li...
This year is year four for me using Google Classroom, and every year I learn a little more and do a little more!  A few months ago, I took the plunge and took the exam to become a Google Certified Educator and am glad that I did so. Whether you are just getting started with Google Classroom or have been using it for a while, there is always something new that may come in handy! Below I have compiled 10 ideas that you can start to use in the Google Classroom today. 1.  Create Classroom for Subjects I teach 3rd grade, so I have 6 separate classes set up.  I have a class set up for each subject:  Reading, Writing, Word Work, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  This allows me to easily include links, assignments, and post questions for each specific subject.  For example, when we are doing Math, my students know that all related resources are found in the Math classroom.   2.  Exit Slips Take the paper out of exit slips.  After you have taught a lesson, post an exit slip type...