Thanksgiving is a time for family, football, and lots of food!! But we can’t forget the story we learned in elementary school about the pilgrims and Indians. For our Kindergarten class, the Thanksgiving story is a perfect opportunity to combine lessons in social studies and...

Music is a way for people to express themselves and communicate ideas or opinions. My sixth grade class recently took a field trip to the Stanford Bing Concert Hall for a special performance that is a part of Stanford Live. There was a student series...

Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to help others, the 6th grade class brainstormed how they could use their talents to do something for the community. They planned a service project they would like to implement, which is a bake sale to...

Differentiated Instruction: Make It Easy  What is Differentiated Instruction? I was in a staff meeting recently where we discussed differentiated instruction. As I sat there, I thought to myself, “I differentiate everything! I have four different reading groups, I have 3 different math groups, etc.” That is...

Kindergarten is a time to explore and have fun doing it. Each week our kindergarten class picks a new science topic to explore. We start off by learning new vocabulary about our topic then do a project to learn more. This week we learned all about volcanoes.       What Did...

In honor of and inspired by MLK Day (January 19), I decided to teach some lessons about doing good and serving others. Since MLK Day is a national day of service, I thought the middle school students would benefit from hearing some stories on this...

I love to read. I’ve been told I started reading early, or at least pretended to, since as a toddler I frequently arranged my dolls and stuffed animals in a circle for “story time.” But ever since second grade, when my mom came home with...

I almost overlooked an email ad for the Bigshot Camera and I am really glad that I didn’t.  I soon came upon a TEDx presentation given by it’s creator Shree Nayar.   The camera is much more than a DIY build kit.  The kit is part...

In the Middle School years, access to the class content can become very challenging.  This is one of the reasons that I have enthusiastically embraced the Chromebook. Tools such as Read&Write for Google give students access to content that they could understand if it were...

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