Gifts that Teachers REALLY want!

          All of us moms (or dads) have been there.  It’s the week before Christmas Break or Summer Break–and we have no gift for our little darling’s teacher!  Not a card, not a coffee cup, not even a piece of chocolate to give!  We have been running all week to sports activities, church activities, parties, you name it!  We are out of money…and time!   The thought has probably crossed your mind that you could just run out later that night or early in the morning to the big box store and grab something simple.  But, wait!  We don’t want to look like I am don’t have one...

What are HyperDocs?

I was skeptical about Hyperdocs… This summer I recently went through training to become Google Educator Level I  certified.  The trainer was great.  She led us through all of the appropriate categories and gave us challenges to do to increase our learning.  I ended up passing the test and was so excited to be learning more and more about how I could bring technology to my students. As a learner, to fully comprehend what I have learned though, I need to actually apply it to a real-life activity.  So, I did.  I was skeptical.  In the end, I was astonished!  My first Hyperdoc was a semi-success! Let me explain… Over...

6 Weeks to a Project-Based Learning Classroom: Week 3

PBL, Project Based Learning

Now is the time to begin planning your first project-based learning lesson and project!  In this post, I am going to walk you through my planning sheet and describe to you one of my first of the year lessons. So, if you haven’t gotten my PBL Lesson Planning Sheet, enter your name and email address on the optin form at the end of this post, and it will come straight to you.  Print it out, and let’s get started!   Step 1:  Content This will always be your number one place to start when designing a PBL lesson! If you are just beginning, I would choose something that you know the...

6 Weeks to a Project-Based Learning Classroom–Week 2

PBL, project based learning, seating arrangements

Easing in to Project Based Learning–Week 2 When you decide to change to a project-based learning mindset, your classroom will probably need to change as well.  Here a 3 essential needs to put into practice. Seating Arrangements In a project-based learning classroom, for example, students sitting in rows just doesn’t work.  Students will need to be where they can work collaboratively with ease.   (As a matter of fact, the only time I will ever use rows is near the end of the school year.  That is my attempt to curb talking and end-of-the year excitement! Lol) The way that I most often arrange my seats is in groups of 4,...

6 Weeks to a Project-Based Learning Classroom: Week 1

Project Based Learning, Growth Mindset

    Teacher “Growth Mindset” Please note this page does contain our affiliate links.  This means that should you purchase from some of these links, we will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.  Please know that the products on this page represent what we honestly feel to be the best products or programs out there, commission or no commission.   One of the biggest phrases in education right now is “Growth Mindset.”  The theory behind growth mindset is that teachers can encourage children by letting them know that a particular task/subject is not too difficult to grasp..even if they have struggled with it...

Back to School ALREADY?!

project based learning

Back to School ALREADY?! Please note this page does contain our affiliate links.  This means that should you purchase from some of these links, we will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.  Please know that the products on this page represent what we honestly feel to be the best products or programs out there, commission or no commission. As bad as I hate to say it, “Teachers, it’s time to start PLANNING!!! In my neck of the woods, we have about 6 weeks until the students arrive back in the classroom!   Now is a great time to be sllooowwwwwllllllyyyyyy (I did say...

OMG! Google Forms is LIFECHANGING!

Project based learning, google forms

  Please note this page does contain our affiliate links.  This means that should you purchase from some of these links, we will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.  Please know that the products on this page represent what we honestly feel to be the best products or programs out there, commission or no commission.   OMG!!! I believe that I have been introduced to a life-changing app in Google Forms!  You, being the smarties that you are, probably already knew this!  But, I will be honest–I had not explored the Google Suite of tools beyond a cursory glance at Google Classroom and...

FLIPGRID–A totally AWESOME assessment tool

SUPER COOL ASSESSMENT TOOL This past year I was introduced to an super cool and fun technology tool called Flipgrid.  Flipgrid is a video response app that teachers can use for several different types of assessments. This is super cool for a few reasons: 1.) The students love to take pictures and videos of themselves 2.) Teachers don’t have to copy papers for small formative assessments or waste post-it notes for exit slips …And my favorite of all…. 3.) I get to TRICK students into writing down their answers—and they don’t even realize that they are doing work!   {Cue evil witch laugh!  Bwahahahaha! } FLIPGRID ASSIGNMENT #1 In my classroom...

Graduation Time!

Graduation Time! It’s that time of year again!  Time for all the momma’s and daddy’s out there to try to make it through the graduation ceremony of their baby without crying buckets in front of hundreds of people.  Sniff, sniff.  I am that momma this week.  My oldest baby is graduating high school!  Getting things in order for her graduation party has me looking through precious pictures of her as she has grown into a wonderful young lady…sniff!  How does time pass by so quickly?!   I Know it’s off topic… Of course, her father and I have been preparing her for this next step for a few years now....

An ESSENTIAL concept not to overlook in the PBL classroom–Time Limits

Project based learning

An ESSENTIAL concept not to overlook in the PBL classroom–Time Limits  When a teacher sets down to plan a lesson–any lesson–we look at the content that needs to be learned, the time limits we have to get it done, and we factor in how we are going to address the needs of all students in the best way possible.  When we finish, our planning book looks very neat and tidy (birds are actually singing).  We have corralled that knowledge and those students will learn it during the allotted time, everyone will pass the test, and we will be off to the next section of content!  Wait…Wait!  Am I dreaming?!  Oh,...