This summer, middle school and high school students from around the Bay came together at our Palo Alto school to "CREATE" incredible projects in animation, app design, and cooking! Students spent two weeks on each project.  From learning to design their very own app and visiting...

Looking for an interactive way to keep up those science skills?  Look no more because CK12 has a solution and much more. CK12.org is a free online science textbook service. Yes, free.  What makes this even more appealing is that the books are fully editable.  You...

Surgery in 2nd grade? Absolutely!!! Now don't worry there were no lives in real danger here.  Teaching about contractions can be redundant and boring for some students, but not when you get to perform surgery on words. As I was searching Pinterest for some fun ways...

Interactive Language Arts Did your mom ever tell you not to mix the whites with the darks when doing the laundry?  "Keep them separate!" my mom would say.  Although we might need to keep our clothes separate in the laundry...

Motivating Kids to Read When parents find out I’m a language arts teacher, their first question is often, “How do I get my kid to read?” And they are right to ask, since reading has been proven to improve brain function and connectivity, enhance social skills,...

With April being National Poetry Month, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of the poetry our 4th graders have done.   Writing, for many of our students, is often one of the more challenging subjects in school. This is especially true for our students...

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP's) are on a perpetual search for new and innovative ways to address their goals.  We must be “out of the box” thinkers.  Our therapy toolbox includes developmental checklists, worksheets (a.k.a. drill-n-kills), picture cards, tongue depressors, bells & whistles (literally), picture books, and...

Every year and every class brings a new set of individuals with creative, intellectual minds and diverse experiences.  Even in third grade my students bring a fresh perspective and interact in different ways than any previous class. Luckily for me, Social Studies in third grade...

Bet you didn’t know that those forts you built as a kid - the ones that were imaginary castles and fortresses against evil monsters - were actually training exercises for a three-dimensional world. “Fort Building” is a creative and developmentally appropriate activity to help children...

CNN Student News: A Resource of Clean, Informative, and Entertaining News for Students It’s funny how preferences change with age. There was a time I didn’t like watching the news. Now as a teacher, I am always looking for ways to inform my students of what is going...