What, it’s November already? One would think that as a middle school teacher and magazine columnist I should have a better handle on my time management and blogging skills, but obviously I do not. Here I am though, finally writing again, on a school night! So, hello, dear reader and friend. Let’s catch up for a … Continue reading November Reflections: Leaping into Learning
No worries: I am still alive! My dear friend, I have so much to tell you! The 2015-2016 school year has come and gone, and there are less than four weeks of summer vacation left before I begin the new 2016-2017 school year. Where do I begin with my news? I’ll start off with some … Continue reading School Year Highlights & Summer Happenings
Earlier this March, I went live with my first webinar! I debut as a Model Schools Instructor for a regional community information center where I shared some of my practices in instructional technology integration with district staff from over 14 school districts. The webinar was called “How To Use Google Apps and Web 2.0 Tools … Continue reading 8 Things I Learned From My First Webinar
This year, I went from teaching one prep to four preps, ranging from 6th Grade Earth Science to 8th Grade Regents Living Environment. Imagine: new school setting, teaching three science subjects I have not taught before, and creating (not one, but four!) new curriculum guides from scratch (again! for the sixth year in a row!). Sounds … Continue reading How Google Classroom Saved My Sanity
My class and I had a fantastic time on our field trip three days ago… at ShopRite! Yes, going to the local grocery store for a middle school science field trip may sound strange, but it was actually an entertaining and very informative way to learn about healthy eating. Just last week, we finished our lessons … Continue reading Using Community Resources for Free (and Unconventional) Science Field Trips
It’s that time of year again—state testing! For months, teachers all over the country have tirelessly reviewed, practiced, and helped their students show off what my dear colleague, Robbi, would call their “AC”– academic confidence. Last week, we finished three whole days of ELA testing. Naturally the girls were nervous, but their anxiety wore off as the … Continue reading 5 Ways To Keep Up Student Motivation During State Testing
Several days ago, Larry Ferlazzo posted on his blog: “What Are You Going To Do Differently Next Year?” I still have about a week to go before I start packing up my classroom, but his question has been rattling around in my head since I came across his post. What exactly would I do differently? I … Continue reading WWIDD: What Would I Do Differently?