Building EQ While Expanding IQ

…students understand that the word “frustrated,” for instance, is very different from “ballistic.” After choosing the cards that best labeled Sophie’s various states of anger, I asked my class to…

Family Science Night: Hands-on, Minds-on Fun!

…also progress into various formats. For instance, students may share what they have learned from science class in stations using hands-on and inquiry based models, volunteers implement a variety of…

25 Bulletin Boards You Can Keep Up All Year

…Stephanie Borden – Instagram board. Take pictures all year long and post. Mike Allan – I do an “inspirational quotes” bulletin board for middle schoolers! Darby Gerke – Academic language…

Take Procedural Writing to the Next “Step”

…shoe cabinet—Step One: Put the frame together. Step Two: Put the drawers together. Step Three: Install the cabinet. All thirty-seven little steps are still in there, now just neatly organized….

Out with Answer Keys – In with QR Codes!

…They’ve been popping up everywhere, from restaurant menus to PTA flyers. QR stands for “Quick Response” because scanning the code takes you to a new location instantly. But did you…

Solving the Hand Raising Problem

instantly know whether I need to address their comment or not, and it helps them develop metacognitive skills to identify why on earth they are raising their hands to begin…

Fun Countdown Timers for the Classroom

…management skills improved after I had an interactive whiteboard installed in my classroom. I discovered that the built-in Smartboard timer app was a great help, and before long I also…

Fun Twist on Book Reports!

…board around the poster. Title the board, “Take A Look!” and you’ve just created an instant bulletin board display! Five Looks on a Book is such a quick and easy…