Creating Learning Activities Using TPACK

As an instructional designer, part of my job is creating engaging learning activities.  This might sound like the easiest thing in the world, but it isn’t.  In fact, there are many steps before even beginning to create the learning activity. First, you have to think about why this is important.  How will this learning activityContinue reading “Creating Learning Activities Using TPACK”

Formative Assessments and Technology

Formative Assessments.  That sure is a buzz word in the world of education today.  How can we check to see if our students are understanding what we want them to learn?  How can we make sure that they pass those state tests?  How can we make sure that they are proficient and have mastered whatContinue reading “Formative Assessments and Technology”

MACUL 2015

Finally!  Spring Break. I had the opportunity this year to not only attend MACUL 2015 this year, but I presented as well with a SPARK session. I was very nervous, but once I got started, the words started flowing and I had a great turnout and lots of questions.  I presented my idea of centersContinue reading “MACUL 2015”

Reactants and Products

Last month, my students were focusing on Physical and Chemical Properties and Changes.  During this unit, students learned about reactants and products.  During one lesson, students were attempting to discover how the amount of reactants affects the number of products.  To do this, they combined baking soda and vinegar in different amounts to find theContinue reading “Reactants and Products”

Data, Data, Data

As a teacher, data is always at the forefront.  How do you use data?  What does the data say?  Is that proven by data? Personally, I love data.  It gives me reassurance that something I have implemented is working.  Data helps me see where my students are struggling so I don’t waste my own timeContinue reading “Data, Data, Data”

Halloween 2014

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays!  I love the opportunity to dress up as someone else, and have fun lesson plans with my students, plus there is chocolate. This year, I decided to go as Miss America.  Mystudents loved it and I heard “Hi Miss America” and “Do you want World Peace?”Continue reading “Halloween 2014”

Centers = Effective

Good Morning Fellow Teachers! It has been awhile since my last update.  October is super busy for me as a cheer coach as well as a math tutor.  But, I wanted to inform you of something new I implemented last week. As a teacher, I am often worried about if my students mastered a conceptContinue reading “Centers = Effective”

Bridge Building

Last week, I posted about a great scientific method unit that I implement with my students.  This week, students finished up their bridge building and actually tested their bridges.  After some skepticism and uncertainties, students were astounded that these toothpick bridges could actually hold weight.  One group even held an entire 5 gallon bucket full of waterContinue reading “Bridge Building”