Tot School: Play-based Assessment

Assessment.That word used to give me the heeby-jeebies when I taught public school.Now assessment means something totally different.Play-based and present observation. When I assess Sweet Pea and whether or not she knows a skill, I just observe her playing.  Playing! As a former public educator, playing in the classroom is not something incorporated into curriculum […]

LAB: It’s a Roller Coaster kinda World …

It definitely was in my classroom today.  We built roller coasters to demonstrate our knowledge of potential and kinetic energy in science.I teach science using the 5 E’s (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate)…it’s perfect if I actually got to teach science each and everyday, but I don’t.  I have to use an A/B schedule to teach […]

ToonDoo… the MOST AMAZING site. EVER. Yes EVER.

Have you seen it???  Toondoo???  Talk about awesome.  In the great words of Phil Robertson, it makes me and my students “happy, happy, happy.”  They have fun learning and I have a blast watching them depict what they learned in a cartoon form.  Not to mention it’s the top 4 letter word that make teachers […]

Crunch Time…. Clock Partners

Oh. My. Goodness.  Where did my summer go?  I am sitting here on the couch on my last day of summer.  Tomorrow I return for my first day of in-service.  Who starts in-service on a FRIDAY??  Who does THAT???  and more importantly… why did the school district to that to us?!?!  ugh…. I know I […]