Easiest Elementary School Hack for Increasing Motivation

I love making learning happen through fun, inquiry-based experiences. However, as we all know, there are some things that students just have to memorize (math facts, letter sounds and vocabulary words to name a few). Try as we might to make them fun, they still take some grit. Introducing the Master’s Charts When a student … Continue reading Easiest Elementary School Hack for Increasing Motivation

The CODA Perspective on Teaching and Learning

I am the child of a Deaf mother, emphasis on the capital D. CODA has been a term used by some to refer to a "Child Of a Deaf Adult", aka me. American Sign Language is one of my two home languages - and the one that I spend restless night practicing to the ceiling. … Continue reading The CODA Perspective on Teaching and Learning

5 Ways to Give Your Class Back to Your Students

Like many new teachers, I used to be uncomfortable giving up control. I saw a well functioning class as largely teacher-directed, and that if you gave students too many choices they would end up choosing poorly for themselves. How wrong I was. The following tips are some strategies that I use to make my classroom … Continue reading 5 Ways to Give Your Class Back to Your Students

Count By Songs Are Changing How Students Learn to Multiply

Learning Different Strategies Every year, I teach my students a number of different strategies for how to solve multiplication problems and they come up with and show me a few more. These include: Drawing a Picture Repeated Addition Making an Array And Count Bys By far the favorite strategy for my students year after year … Continue reading Count By Songs Are Changing How Students Learn to Multiply

How to Gamify Your Class by Turning it into the “Survivor” Reality Show

I'm a big fan of the reality show, Survivor, which has a group of adults competing in a variety of challenges on an isolated beach. The drama of every episode ending with a vote and an eliminated contestant intrigued me to the point of wanting to bring it to the classroom. It was so successful … Continue reading How to Gamify Your Class by Turning it into the “Survivor” Reality Show

5 Fun Idea Generators to Get Kids Writing

Before 1:1, I used to take lists of writing prompts or story starters that I found online and cut them out into small strips for the students. It was time consuming, and when they were all used up, I had to go find some more. Nowadays, I rely mostly on online random generators to create … Continue reading 5 Fun Idea Generators to Get Kids Writing