Category Archives: post-secondary

Check It Out: Rethinking Math

I am in a constant struggle with teaching math… The problem is not that I hate math, in fact I really love math! I like problem solving, it’s like puzzles (which I also weirdly love). So, what is my flipping problem, you ask?

My issue is that I can’t figure out how to transmit my love of math to students. I find teaching math frustrating because I can’t find the hook for my students. So of course, I am handling this by scouring the internet and watching videos like the one below…

I hope you’re as nerdy excited about this as I am!

Leave a comment if you have any math advice for me. Also we will hopefully have some more math related content in this weeks feature!

Have a great end to your week. The expected snow here might just make our week a bit shorter than usual… Think snowy thoughts!

-Annie

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(Me and my mom in the last storm)

Call for Submissions

Hi all,

I started this blog in hopes of sharing what is going on in teachers’ classrooms because I really believe that you are all doing wonderful and amazing things. What I am finding is that teachers are even more humble than I originally thought. I have momentarily run dry on people willing to write about themselves. So this is an open call for submissions.

I know it can be a bit daunting to pick something to write about so I have come up with a list of topics that I would love to include on this little blog…

-Daily routines and procedures
-Small group work/centers
-Guided reading
-Lesson planning (both weekly and long term)
-Pencils and classroom materials organization (is this only a daily annoyance for me?)
-Internet resources
-Technology (for either teachers of students)
-Math groups
-Any curriculum that is working well for you
-Testing
-Tips for teaching ELL’s
-Favorite authors
-Classroom library
-Homework

And a million other things. Genuinely I am still pretty new at this whole teaching thing and I want to hear about anything that is working.

So if you are interested or know someone who you think should be interested then please click right over to my submissions page. Or leave a comment with your contact information and I will get in touch.

Don’t be shy! It’s really simple and quick.

Thanks!
Annie

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Check It Out: Teaching Channel

{edit: Alright, so I’m not exactly sure what is going wrong but I can’t get these videos to imbed here. But the links all work so go check out these awesome videos on this great site}

Celebrating Great Teaching

First of all, how I am just finding out about Teaching Channel is beyond me! I love this site. Above is an overview of what the site is about and below I will post a few great finds. I just love being able to watch teaching in action. It somehow makes it so much easier to see myself doing it. Plus this site has videos on just about every topic.

Hope everybody has a safe and happy end of the week. We are in the home stretch to vacation.

See you Saturday!
Annie

My Best Advice

Caring and Control Create A Safe, Positive Classroom

A step away…

I am feeling very personally saddened and touched by the events in Newtown, Ct today. It is simply beyond reason. And while we are all taking a moment to soak in the reality and mourn the nonsensical loss of life, I will be taking a step away from this space tomorrow.

Tonight, however, I would like to take a moment to commemorate and recognize the brave acts, in the face of what must have been terrifying circumstances, that the teachers of Newtown took to protect students as best they could.

My heart goes out to the families who are suffering now. I only wish that they are able to find some comfort in their long road to recovery from their terrible losses.

-Annie

Check it out: Whole Brain Teaching

Hello again!

On Saturday Kate mentioned her use of Whole Brain Teaching techniques. I have been following these videos online for a few years now. I really love the way these techniques energize the kids. I don’t go full out with the program but I have started using a handful of the techniques during my math block, which is in the afternoon and usually when my kids start to fade a bit. It is so nice to see me kids pumped up and focused on the lesson. They are really big fans of Teach-okay.

The man you see in the video above is Chris Biffle who is the face of Whole Brain Teaching. But I am also going to post a few other videos below of other people doing this in their classrooms.

So take a look and tell me what you think…