One of the most important things that I have learned as an educator is that I can never assume that my students know something. Just because I have an inherent understanding of something, or think that some little nugget of knowledge is (or should be) painfully obvious, does not mean that my kiddos do. Do you see… Continue reading How to Help Your Students Build Relevant Background Knowledge.
Several years back, I was moved from fifth grade math to second grade self-contained. I had never taught self-contained classroom and I had never taught science. I had no idea what to do with my kiddos concerning science activities, so we did lots of nature walks, weather observations, etc... Seeing that they really liked… Continue reading One simple activity that will help your students reflect on their learning.
Do you hear the word "data" and cringe? Curse? Wish you had a hot poker so that you could stick it in your eye? Okay, maybe that is a bit extreme, but I am definitely guilty of the first two. What I don't like about data is that it often takes real life out of… Continue reading How to Track Data…LIKE A BOSS!
So. You've formed a committee, received funding, maybe even installed a garden of some sort. Now what do you do? Let me begin by telling you this: Your garden can, and should be, an extension of your classroom, and if you open your mind... the possibilities are endless. I'm going to share some websites with… Continue reading School Garden 101… Implementation
Hello again & Happy Weekend! So... my last post was the beginning of my School Gardens 101 series in which I discussed finding funding for your garden. Today I'm going to talk about the five W's, and I'm going to start with... WHY? Why you want to begin a gardening program is central to your mission. Understanding… Continue reading School Garden 101, part two
So... this article was intended to be published last week. What happened? Rock-n-Roll is what happened. That's right. Rock-n-Roll. Let me explain. I'm a huge classic rock fan, and one of my all time favs is (drum roll please)... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I LOVE them! I first saw them at the El Paso County… Continue reading School Garden 101
I grew up with parents that were raised in the country. My father's family absolutely depended on their garden in order to eat. I, on the other hand, was raised on military bases in different parts of the world, but whenever we were stateside, my parents gardened. As the youngest, I often didn't have to… Continue reading Gardening with kids