How to Teach a Water Bottle Rocket Project

I’ve spent years teaching design and science, and by far my favorite end of the year project is the Water Bottle Rocket Project. It is fun, exciting, gets students outside, and it really challenges students to use all the skills they’ve been working on throughout the whole year. In other words, it is the perfect …

Create Your Classroom Wish List with #ClearTheLists

It’s no secret that many teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies each year. #clearthelists is a call to action to directly address this issue. Teachers are creating their own unique classroom lists - usually through Amazon - and relying on the kindness and generosity of strangers to help them fulfill their classroom supply …

11 Tips for New Teachers

It’s that time of the year - summer is rolling in, college students are soon to become graduates, and prospective teachers are smiling as they receive their very first job offer! Teaching isn’t easy - so to help make your first teaching job a successful one, here are 11 Tips for New Teachers. 1 - …

Unicorn Party – A Primary Math Game

Are you looking for a fun way to reinforce single digit addition? Are you looking for an educational game you can play as a reward in your class? Do you want to challenge your students with their learning, or support their needs in a fun way? Do you want to feed juice and cupcakes to …

Can Your Students Trust The Internet?

They Can Find Out, Using the CRAAP Test Since humans have used language to communicate, strategies have been developed to trick one another. In the past, these strategies have included propaganda, scams, deception, and more. In today’s internet era, students struggle with these tricks and others – like information abundance, data filtering, and fake news. …

The Capability of Games

Do you play games? If you’re like me, you probably answered yes. Even if you’re not (you should try them, they're fun), your students almost certainly play games. Fortnite, Soccer, NBA2k19 - these games and sports fill the lives of the students we teach. Often times these games get a bad rap. Games can be …

Feelings, Failures, and Successes – Week 3

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. …

Feelings, Failures, and Successes – Week 2

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. …

Feelings, Failures, and Successes – A Weekly Teacher’s Journal Part 1

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. …

My Plan For The First Day Of School

My first day of school is already next week! I am getting pretty excited about starting another year, but also quite nervous. One thing that has helped me prepare for the first day is to write out a detailed plan of my first lesson. Sometimes I even teach it to an empty classroom, just to …