I am in my last year earning my Bachelors in Elementary Education.
Sun, Oct 24, 2021 4:00 PM in Self-care tips for a beginner teacher
This is something I hear is very important, especially for first year teachers. At the university I attend they have two "Professional Seminars" where the focus is on career building and self-care. They have tips and methods to help new teachers maintain their mental, emotional, and physical needs while dealing with the demands on them at school. I hope yo...
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Sun, Oct 24, 2021 2:57 PM in Effective Classroom Management
Hi Nikita, I too am in school to become an elementary teacher. This is a question that is constantly going through every new teacher's mind I'm sure! There are a bunch of great tips in these responses. Thank you for asking the question and thank you to all those who shared their tips. In my current placement the teacher's two main points for classroom managemen...
Sun, Oct 24, 2021 2:45 PM in Data today on Warmest decade on record
It would be interesting to now see the comparison of the decade mentioned in this original post to the decade following. This could be another way for the students to work on research and graphing new trends. Find the differences and compare them to increases of known causes of global warming to recognize any patterns between those two sets of data and what conclusions the students co...
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Tue, Nov 09, 2021 8:12 PM This book Rocks!
In all seriousness though, this is a well laid out book. It does a great job of giving detailed information without overwhelming. I like the "Take Notice!" section that highlights specific items. There are nice vivid photographs to enhance and visualize the information. They relate back to everyday objects that we are familiar with to get a better idea of the contents of different types of rocks. There are nice questions related to the material to help guide your learning and help self assess your retention. They hit many aspects of rocks that I would not have thought of being a way to classify or organize rocks. The reading is involved so I would suggest this for a little older students or possibly a read aloud for younger students (not the entire book but the area of which is being studied).
Tue, Nov 09, 2021 12:53 PM Pre-Assessment for Solar System with Explanations
This is a nice pre-assessment or probe to help see the level of understanding the students have before you begin your lesson(s). There is an answer key with explanations. I like that the benchmarks being included in the explanations. They offer a lot of related research for different age groups as well as reasoning behind some misconceptions for those age groups. After the assessment and the research they have suggestions for instruction that offer basic ideas for instruction that is focused on observation first, then phases of the moon, followed by creating a model of the solar system as the students progress in grade levels. Overall this is a nice assessment with ideas to get you started on a lesson plan for a unit on our solar system.
Tue, Nov 09, 2021 12:07 PM Moon Phases 5E Project
This article focuses on making observations, developing descriptions, and finding patterns of the Moon for grades K-3. For grades 4-6 the students will work with a model to understand how the Moon orbits Earth and the creation of the Moon phases. There is a small project for each of the age groups that utilize the 5E model. Both projects have a nice level of hands on activity with room to add a personal touch for your specific group of students. The article also suggests two mentor text that work great with these two age groups.
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