Category: Process


Parents and students had a wonderful time problem solving and designing together at our NOV8…INNOVATE event! 😀 The use of the character cards, and open design challenge cards were perfect for our time frame and goal. If you want to read more about the… Continue Reading “NOV8…INNOVATE…Success!”


How do you plan on celebrating NOV8/INNOVATE day, as part of National STEM/STEAM month? Me…I am still trying to figure out those last minute details, but here’s what I have figured out: At my middle school, we are going to try something new. We… Continue Reading “NOV8…INNOVATE!”

Thinking of Flexible Seating? Read: “If I Built a Car”

Point of view, imagination, design, poetry…which one do I pick? This book has so many different objective connections, on top of being so colorfully illustrated. Why did I select it from the library? Well, its the start of the year and I am thinking… Continue Reading “Thinking of Flexible Seating? Read: “If I Built a Car””

Tuesday Morning Reads for April 10, 2018

The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat: I cannot wait to show this book to my first graders! They LOVE the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, and this clever mathematical book features them reading this book. 🙂 Dan Santat, the author, does an… Continue Reading “Tuesday Morning Reads for April 10, 2018”

1st Grade Researchers!

In first grade we have been learning about astronauts and transportation. Witnessing the student excitement about these topics, my co-teacher and I decided to extend the unit with some choice to learn more about either transportation or space. Using a KWL chart, we gathered… Continue Reading “1st Grade Researchers!”

National: Tell a Fairy Tale Day

To celebrate “Tell a Fairy Tale” day, I am highlighting some new books that have crossed my path… When I saw these, I had one of those…”why didn’t I think of that” moments. Luckily, Jasmine Brooke did! 🙂 These books start off with non-fiction… Continue Reading “National: Tell a Fairy Tale Day”

How about a KLW instead of a KWL?

Perhaps I have been doing it wrong, but I have never really enjoyed the KWL (What you KNOW, What you WANT to know/learn, What you LEARNED) strategy I learned in college, and I feel I am not alone. When I talk about this with… Continue Reading “How about a KLW instead of a KWL?”

Bears & Their Habitats: Kindergarteners Create

During the month of January, my Kindergarten co-teacher and I have been engaging our students in a variety of lessons about bears and their habitats, especially their winter habitats. We used a couple stories throughout our unit to support our learning journey: Along with… Continue Reading “Bears & Their Habitats: Kindergarteners Create”

Tuesday Morning Reads for January 2, 2018

BOARD BOOKS!! As I was walking to the picture book section of our library, a few weeks ago, I took a different pathway and came across their board books section, and I thought…I wonder if there are any great science themed stories here for… Continue Reading “Tuesday Morning Reads for January 2, 2018”

Do You Know What Your Students Really Like to Read?

I thought I did, and as a co-teaching team, we thought we did, but recently my 1st grade co-teacher and I inquired more into what our 1st graders like to read. We did this as part of our kindness themed PBL, where students created… Continue Reading “Do You Know What Your Students Really Like to Read?”