PBL · student engagement

spark interest with a powerful launch

Kicking off a lesson in a way that engages students is a classroom necessity, in my opinion. This Cult of Pedagogy post offers a very thoughtful look at those all-important Anticipatory Sets and how to get the most out of them. When it comes to a PBL unit, the Anticipatory Set is more of a… Continue reading spark interest with a powerful launch

lessons · STEM · teach with literature · Uncategorized

build up your classroom library with some great ag books

Last April, at the Scaling STEM Conference, I attended a session focused on the North Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom program. A number of useful resources were shared (which I will include in another post) but I was most excited about their Book of the Month Club. For just $5.00, they will send you… Continue reading build up your classroom library with some great ag books

student favorites · technology

getting google-y eyed

Our school had a bit of a Google invasion today. What an exciting opportunity to give some feedback on a new technology they are working on ~ Google Expeditions! What is Google Expeditions all about? “Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. We worked with teachers and content partners from around the… Continue reading getting google-y eyed

Discovery Education resources · inspiration · lessons · STEM · teach with literature

read across america day 2016

We joined in on Discovery Education’s #CelebrateWithDE event this afternoon, in honor of Read Across America Day. The event included a read aloud with Peter H. and Paul A. Reynolds of the awesome FableVision Studios. Peter read and explained the book Going Places during the event. Unfortunately, his twin brother Paul wasn’t able to make… Continue reading read across america day 2016

assessment · professional development

focus on the 4 Cs ~ collaboration

The strategic plan for Wake County Public School System, the school district I work for, includes an emphasis on the 4 Cs ~ collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity. At my school site, we recently held some differentiated training for teachers focused on collaboration. I was tasked with instructing the teachers that considered themselves proficient… Continue reading focus on the 4 Cs ~ collaboration

lessons · teach with literature

children around the world ~ a lesson in questioning and observation

Late in September, we spent several days engaging in a lesson from Expeditionary Learning which used the book My Librarian is a Camel to generate discussion and prompt students to make observations and ask questions. I collected several images from the internet to show children borrowing books and reading in a variety of settings. The… Continue reading children around the world ~ a lesson in questioning and observation