Hershey Bear: A STAR

I’m seriously so proud of my dogs!!  Recently, we decided to put our dogs in dog training through PetSmart.  As much as I love my dogs, Hershey struggles with self-confidence as a dog and Domino is just crazy! Our first class went ok.  I worked with Domino and my husband worked with Hershey. Domino keptContinue reading “Hershey Bear: A STAR”

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”

Reading Rainbow

This week, I decided to try implementing a new reading technique.  Students at my school are 2-3 grade levels behind in their reading comprehension, especially in informational text.  To help promote a love of reading and science, I decided to try something new. Many students don’t realize how important science and technology is in the realContinue reading “Reading Rainbow”

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”

Fabulous Fridays

After a very trying and exhausting week, I decided to take the route of one of my fellow blogger’s, Brooke.  Every Friday, Brooke writes a positive blog entry to remind her of the little things in life. There was a lot of excitement rolled up into these fast five days.  My students finished their scientificContinue reading “Fabulous Fridays”

Scientific Method – Bridge Building

The beginning of the school year is perfect for teaching procedures, rules, and review material that will help students during the year.  Personally, I like to use the beginning of the school year to teach the students about the steps of the scientific method.  One way I do this is by having the students participateContinue reading “Scientific Method – Bridge Building”

First Day of School Jitters

Today was the first day of school!  I can’t believe it is already over.  The staff did a great job energizing students and welcoming them back to school!  The first day of school is sort of like the Super Bowl for teachers.  We get a whole new group of students, fresh paper, fresh pencils, etc.Continue reading “First Day of School Jitters”

Online Course Practice

During my grad class this semester, I had the opportunity to create an online course for students.  The course I created is considered a hybrid course which means students would be using the online course as well as meeting face-to-face.  It is geared towards 8th graders who are learning about Plate Tectonics.  The course is dividedContinue reading “Online Course Practice”