Parents! What You Need to Know About Your Role in Education: PART 2

Do you remember rotary dial phones?  Do you remember VCRs?  Do you remember cassette tapes?  If you used dial-up on AOL, then you are as old or older than I am!  If you think a…

Parents! What You Need To Know About Your Role in Education! Part 1

I’m old enough to remember that as a kid, our schools were never fenced in.  You could go there after school or on weekends and play on the monkey bars (which were never really safe)…

Having Fun (while making a mess) With Science!

This past week,  our school was treated to some hands-on fun with science hosted by California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) latino students who are majoring in science and engineering (http://www.csulbmaes.org).  This was their…

Dear Online Standardized Test: We’ll Be Ready for You!

Do you believe your students are ready for the upcoming round of state standardized testing with either the SBAC or PARCC (or some variation of them)?  Though I haven’t yet taught all the common core…

Simple Ways to Use Manipulatives to Compare Fractions PART 3

Now that my students were familiar with comparing and ordering fractions, the next step was to introduce the test-prep aspect to the same concept.  It is one thing to be able to show how to…

Simple Ways to Use Manipulatives to Compare Fractions PART 2

In my previous post, I explained how I used fraction strips to have students explore fraction sizes in order to be able to compare them.  In PART 2, I will show you how I used…

Simple Ways to Use Manipulatives to Compare Fractions

Teaching fractions is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re going to get!  True story.  To assess what they remembered about fractions, I asked my students to write in their journal and complete…

Download Free and Colorful American Dream Posters

As one of the participants in the Teachers Pay Teachers Author Inauguration Day FREEBIE EVENT (January 20, 2017), I and many TpT sellers have gotten together to create resources that help reinforce values that many…

Is There an Easy Way to Go Digital? Use PDF Expert!

Document cameras can project any document on a screen. But do you really want to write on your original documents, books, and other resources? No! Then just convert them to a digital format that can…

A Timely Google Maps About Dr. King’s Inspiring Life

Have you ever used Google Maps?  Probably most of you have when you’re trying to find directions to that new store.  But did you know you could create your OWN map to use with your…

New Year Delight! A Free Podcast Interview with Teaching Bites

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Fred and Sharon Jaravata from teachingbites.com.  The recorded interview is now available over on their website. You can listen to the PODCAST in many ways, including iTunes.…

Resolutions with Willpower for an Outstanding 2017

Happy New Year!  2016 has been a real doozy of a year for just about everyone on the planet.  With the start of a new year, it’s time for that age old tradition of making…

Easy and Free Folktale Project Template for Download

Now that I am ending my Folktale Unit with my class, it is time for a homework project!  Each student received a five-page template to create an iFolktale.  What’s an iFolktale?  Just a template that looks…

A Powerful Way to Teach With Videos

Just recently, someone in a Facebook group suggested a website at  www.edpuzzle.com.  So I, of course, checked it out.  I am so happy I did!  If you teach with videos in your classroom then YOU must…