I shared the other day about an app based game my students love to play called What’s the Word. I knew I wanted to see if I could make this work as a class review game. Since we have a test, tomorrow, I decided it was the right time to see if it would work… Continue reading What’s the word game update
My students are currently engrossed in a new iPhone/Android game called What’s the Word? In each level of the game, you are presented with four photos, a set of letter space boxes, and eleven letters to help you spell out the word. The four pictures represent the word in some way. Some of them are… Continue reading What’s the word?
Thursday was a bluster of noise and activity as students learned about the planets exchanging partners every few minutes to share information on their “home” planet. My classroom is often like this. Lots of movement. Lots of noise. Lots of sharing. Lots of laughing. But I realized that perhaps we don’t spend enough time in… Continue reading Practicing Quiet
Today I shared with some of my colleagues the mystery lesson strategy. I really like this lesson strategy because I love solving puzzles with clues. I first found out about the strategy while taking my gifted endorsement class, which used the book The Strategic Teacher. (By the way, I highly recommend this book. It’s filled with… Continue reading Mystery in the Classroom
I like the idea of the jigsaw model for class learning. It sounds great in theory, but I often find it is hard to make it work for practical reasons. This year I had the idea to do something a little bit like a jigsaw but to make it a little more 21st century style.… Continue reading Jigsaw 21st Century Style
I decided to teach my geologic laws lesson this year using a new metaphorical style. I had done a modified new metaphorical last year, but I didn’t include the evocative question, and I gave my students more guidance. This year, I let them get more creative. I started with the evocative question: How are the… Continue reading Let them eat cake!
I decided that I wanted to do something different with the rock cycle this year. I had changed it up last year to make the students think more about the processes that form rocks. Here’s the lab from last year. It worked well, but I wanted to do even more. So, I decided that this… Continue reading Mixing up the Rock Cycle