If you have ever tried the Think-Pair-Share strategy in your class, then you know it can be either great... or not so great. Been there, done that. I first started using this technique with second graders a few years back, and the first few times were chaotic to say the least. As soon as I… Continue reading Think – Pair – Share… How to hold your students accountable!
Well... I fell of the blogging wagon yet again. I'm not going to make excuses. But, I am going to finish this blog series!! Let me ask you this: When you were in school, did you cover a topic and then study like crazy to take a test over it? You may or may not… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Evaluate
I'm making progress folks. Only a few weeks between posts, as opposed to months. ...baby steps Today I'm going to delve into the fourth component of the 5E Instructional Model... Elaborate. I've also heard it referred to as the "Extend" component. Tomato....tomahhhto... I have to admit that for me, this is the most difficult part,… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Elaborate
Well, well, well. Where have I been? Let me just say this... new grade + new school + new school district = one huge, new learning curve. This is my twenty-third year, and it has still been an adjustment. But, even though I have been AWOL for a while, my little blog (and this blog… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Explain
Hello and welcome back!! All is well here in Little Smarticle Particle land. I started back to work this past week with two days of new teacher orientation.... so far, so good! Today, I'm going to share with you some ideas about the second element of the 5E Instructional Model...Explore. Before I go too far,… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Explore
Hello again teacher friends! Can you believe it is almost time to go back to school?!?! I report August 10 for new teacher orientation then on to my campus August 14th. This year I have changed districts, and I'm excited to be moving back to fifth grade after a long and exhausting stretch in second.… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Engage
When I first started teaching science to second graders about six years ago, I discovered that science and children are a natural fit... kinda like peanut butter and jelly. Why? Because kids are full of questions, and science is man's attempt to answer those questions. I'll let you in on a secret. I hated science… Continue reading Fear Not the 5E Instructional Model!