End of year testing can be stressful on both the student and the teacher. The emphasis on those few days often creates tension that can be felt throughout the school. In an attempt to get that stress under control, I developed a R.E.L.A.X. and C.H.I.L.L. way of dealing with this time of year. R.E.L.A.X. Review with students so they are familiar with the types of questions they might see. Try looking for free material instead of paying money online. There are many...

In my first year of teaching a mentor teacher showed me PhET Simulations and it changed my curriculum forever. Sounds like click bait doesn’t it? But it’s true! The first PhET simulation I ever saw was the Energy Skate Park and I was blown away by its versatility. Since then I have implemented the use of many PhET simulations in my Physics, Conceptual Physics, and Physical Science classes. I use them in my classroom in a variety of ways and for...

Ever wanted to take your students on a field trip diving 20,000 leagues under the sea, flying on a space shuttle, or spectating in the Roman Coliseum? Well now you can, thanks to Virtual Reality, without leaving the walls of your classroom. Just think, no permission slips or costly field trip fees. VR Saves a Baby’s Life Virtual reality isn’t just for the classroom. Doctors are using virtual reality to save lives. As reported on CNN, the clock was ticking on precious Teegan's life....

April is Math Awareness Month. Math teachers promote math EVERY day but it’s nice to get your whole school on board with promoting the importance of mathematics in exciting ways! Below are 10 easy ways to get your whole school excited about Math Month! 1. Math Month Movie Trailer Get EVERYONE in your school excited with an iMovie trailer! Check out the links to the movie trailers we've used at my schools. Math Month 2012 TMS Math Month   2. Spirit Day Students (& Staff)...

Many years ago, and by that I mean 2011, I entered the world as a connected educator. The summer of 2011 I was new to Twitter and trying to make sense of all I was learning. I took the time to determine what I felt was the most important instructional change I planned to make, and I decided to flip my classroom. I chose to make short videos that hit on the math concepts we were studying, and then upload...

About 10 years ago I started tutoring students to help them prepare for the math section of the ACT. I did so, almost as an experiment, to see if I could or say things differently in my traditional math classroom to help boost students’ scores on the test. I found out quickly that there were most definitely things that I could change in class. If you are the parent or teacher of a high school student, you know the pressure they...

March 14 (3.14), to math geeks, is Pi Day. As a middle school math teacher, I wanted to show my students how math is fun and interesting across all disciplines. Our 6th grade team did just that. We began by writing and winning a grant to fund our day. The grant was for $1500, which covered supplies for every lesson, including the t-shirts for the day. What follows are lessons that were included in our Pi Day celebration and incorporated across the...

Schools are realizing that teachers learn best when choice and voice are added to the mix. In fact, choice and voice are two of the 7 partnership principles that many in coaching roles adhere to. The Partnership Principles were designed by researcher and author, Jim Knight. They are outlined in the book Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction. The principles include: Equality: Instructional coaches and teachers are equal partners Choice: Teachers should have choice regarding what and how...