Featured, Inquiry, Literacy, Science and Social Studies

Build Online Student Research Skills

 Research is one of the many tasks that students need to develop especially in today’s classroom with many inquiry projects, google and student led activities. Building student research skills is so important, and how to sort through too much research to find what they need, especially at their reading level is important. By grade 4 students are finally ready to conduct some simple independent research.  However, up until this point, they often have very little experience with doing this.  This…

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Featured, Inquiry

Classroom Tech Tools That Support Inquiry

Technology in the classroom constantly changes and so are the classroom tech tools that we use every day with our students. Sometimes it is just hard to stay with it when everything is changing right? Putting these classroom tech…

Featured, Uncategorized

12 Reasons Why I Differentiate

 Why should we differentiate? Beyond the obvious that is we have kids in our room that would not be successful if we did not differentiate then there are many other reason why we should do it too. 1. Every…

Featured, Uncategorized

What is Differentiated Instruction?

If you teach in a classroom today than you are familiar with the term Differentiation.  And if you are like me you may have a love hate relationship with this term. Classrooms today are complex and trying to teach…

Literacy, Uncategorized

Ignite Student’s Passion for Writing!!

Writing is a challenge to teach.  It is more than simply just teaching students how to write.  There is an underlying challenge that can predict a student’s success and this is often dependent on the messaging that students tell…

Literacy and Math, Uncategorized

No More Worksheets?

So what is the deal with all this hatred to the worksheet?  It was recently asked on a facebook forum if using worksheets in your classroom makes you the dreaded ‘old school teacher’.  This sparked an interesting discussion amongst…