Last weekend, I had a mind blowing experience. I went to my first ever teacher meet up! The French Lick Blogger Retreat was life changing for me. (the best thing about it was there were bloggers but also just blogger followers or teachers there)! I met people who were so passionate about the world of teaching, who were passionate about wanting to help others, and people who were beyond kind. It was truly amazing. The amazing Holly Ehle set this all up and was beyond helpful and kind all ... Read More about Take your Passion and make it HAPPEN!
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State testing is coming up for us this year. In upper elementary, I know kiddos need test prep, it is the way of the land. There is no getting around it! So, I tried to come up with a way that would get them focused, engaged, and excited about test prep and that was when the Test Prep Olympics was created! The test prep olympics was created for my entire third grade team at my school. You could do this for just your classroom or even the whole school! The more competitors the ... Read More about Making Test Prep Fun with an Olympic Competition
My friends, teaching students to make inferences is one of the hardest concepts out there! Can I get an Amen?! Students are trained to see what is right in front of them, so when they have to take that and read between the lines it is difficult! It is pulling hair out difficult! This is why I started our unit off with an investigation! This activity taught them what inferencing was and stuck it into their brains forever. It has been months since our investigation and they still ... Read More about Teaching Inferencing-Investigation Style