Collaborative Art for the Win!

My class last year was an interesting one! It was a challenge for sure, but the best projects I did were collaborative ones. My students loved creating this project which was inspired by this project I found on Pinterest (of course). My kiddos were super into it and so motivated to put in their best…

Lesson Plan: Intro to Integers

Teaching math can be hard! Especially when you have students who are more comfortable with concepts than you are! Here's a fun way to introduce integers to your students with some real life examples. Integers are really everywhere and it's much easier to convince your students to learn something when they know it will actually…

This week in Our Classroom: Community Building

With my class I have been working really hard to build a strong classroom community. I'm in a small school where the students have known each other for years and have been in the same class every year since kindergarten. They are all like siblings, prodding and poking at each other in just the right…

Review: IQ A Practical Guide to Inquiry Based Learning by Jennifer Watt and Jill Colyer

All around education; the buzz word 'inquiry' pops up. Inquiry based learning, Inquiry questions, Inquiry projects - but it is hard to know where to start, what it means and how to assess these projects. This book has been so, so helpful. "Inquiry-based learning is a process used to solve problems, create new knowledge, resolve…