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
School Garden 101, The 5 Ws
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 why you want to build… Continue reading School Garden 101, The 5 Ws
School Garden 101
So, you've made the decision to start a school garden, and you need to know what's next. Let me start with a few suggestions. Before you do anything, you need to know the purpose of your garden and who the garden will serve. In other words, is this going to be a school-wide effort with… Continue reading School Garden 101
Gardening with kids
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
Think – Pair – Share… How to hold your students accountable!
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!