Posted in February 2013

Fraction Bars without all of the Fuss!

“Support learning with manipulatives. Manipulative materials help make abstract mathematical ideas concrete. They give children the chance to grab onto mathematics ideas, turn them around, and view them in different ways.” – Marilyn Burns I despise it when my kids come up to me with the, “I don’t get it” statement.  It takes half of … Continue reading

IPads and Wikis for beginners

One of the things I love most about being an educator is the fact that I am surrounded by people like me, type A perfectionists.  One of my favorite parts of any school year is right before the students visit because the room looks immaculate!  Everything is in place, everything is new, and everything is … Continue reading

If you can’t find the material, let them make it!

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean). I looked up and the time was 6:00. My husband would be leaving his office soon, but where was I?  That’s right, in the classroom.  I was scouring the … Continue reading

Do we REALLY have to go to recess?

Did I really hear that right?  Kennedy, the basketball queen, does NOT want to go out to recess today?  I check my pulse.  I am still alive and the clock is sitting at 12:30.  Today, however, Kennedy is highly engaged in an activity she does not want to stop.  She is a professional an expert … Continue reading

What do your students really need?

What do your students really need? Have you noticed that the days  you walk out of the classroom with your head held high are the days when you feel like you have accomplished something?  Shouldn’t every day be like that in our field.  Well, in my eyes the easiest way to obtain this feeling is … Continue reading