Creating an Attitude of Gratitude in the Classroom

Every teacher knows all too well these past few years that acting grateful and thankful in the classroom can seem like a daunting learned skill some days. Especially when the holiday jitters rolled in during the month of November, it can be difficult to ground excited students. Intentionally incorporating gratitude in the classroom goes hand-in-hand … Continue reading Creating an Attitude of Gratitude in the Classroom

Morning Meeting: Creating a Community of Learners

Circle time isn't just for kindergarten anymore. My students start out each day in a large circle getting to know one another through discussions and activities.  Does it take away from my ELA and Math instruction?  Yes.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.  I attended a conference last February and decided last minute to go to a … Continue reading Morning Meeting: Creating a Community of Learners

Math Stations: My Four Round Approach

My students beg for math stations. Seriously. And the best part? I am still able to sanely work with a small group and collect meaningful data from other stations!  IT'S POSSIBLE. When I first began teaching fourth grade, I felt finding a meaningful student-led station system was difficult.  A lot of the resources and blogs were geared towards lower … Continue reading Math Stations: My Four Round Approach