Course 1 Final Project: Being a Scientist

For my final project, I decided to focus on the final 3 weeks of an 8 week long science based inquiry unit for my 3rd grade students. The title of this unit is “How Does Science Help us Understand Sound?” Before I move to sharing my plan for those final 3 weeks, I wanted to…

Change. Insert big sigh.

Due a decline in student performance and lack of cohesiveness in our mathematics fact fluency instruction, my school has organized a way in which each grade level would provide opportunities for students to consistently practice their math fact strategies in small groups.  Last week my team met to determine how we as a team would structure…

I’m Ready to Make a Mess

Last year was my first year at my current school. As many of us know, year 2 at a school is soooo much easier than year one. I know the curriculum, my team and my colleagues. I know not only how to make copies successfully but even how to request a standing desk be built…

How Do We Teach What?!?

We had just finished our grade 3 common Back-to-School Night presentation. We asked parents to hold their questions until they reached their individual child’s classroom. As I tried to quickly snake through the crowd to my own classroom, a teammate’s parent caught up to me and asked, “How do you teach global networking?”  I stopped walking. I…

Here I Am.

Over the summer, I quietly began reading Twitter some of the educators I admire for inspiration for a new school year. I saw her interest, her enthusiasm and thought; maybe I should join a COETAIL cohort? Why not? Literally a moment later, the realities of being in a graduate program sunk in…time, finances and work/life…