In this world of new and shiny, constant updates, never ending newer and fancier models and ways of making things work, one thing I know for sure is that some days it has to be all about the simple things. We could easily lose our minds in this fast paced, ever changing field, and if you don’t have a few really good ways to make it all just a little simpler, you might just find yourself feeling the digital overload....

Featured Lesson: Economics 101, available on the ClassFlow Marketplace I bet you’re probably wondering what’s the meaning behind “Give Me Five.” Give Me Five started as a classroom management tool to get student attention. I would use this to begin lectures, lessons, give assignment directions, etc. Students would give me 5 minutes of their attention outside of an activity, however, it wouldn’t be used for a lecture or content delivery. I wanted to create a section on my blog devoted to...

Watch a short video to learn more about the fun, holiday activities available in ClassFlow that you can create, customize, and deliver to your classroom!   https://www.facebook.com/Classflow/videos/705806369578234/   [qodef_separator class_name="" type="full-width" position="center" color="" border_style="" width="" thickness="" top_margin="" bottom_margin=""] Choose from these 10 different activities available in ClassFlow for your next class activity: Categorize, Crossword, Flash Cards, Labeled Diagram, Matching, Memory Game, Sequencing, Timeline, Venn Diagram, and Word Search.   Get your free ClassFlow account at ClassFlow.com....

I started out the year giving a weekly homework to my students to keep the math they are currently learning and have previously learned, fresh in their brains. Students received a half sheet of paper with 5 problems for each night, Monday through Thursday. They were due by the end of the school day on Friday. Then, I spent my weekend grading over 100 homeworks and trying to give feedback in addition to other things that needed to be graded! I...

Each year I try to plan out what my professional growth is going to focus on for the year – what is going to be my “Big Thing” to work on, learn about, implement, and perfect? Last year, starting a new role in my school, I focused on tangible pieces of technology that were NOT iPads. My students had years of an iPad class before the course changed tracks and they came in the first day asking if they could...

Classroom money or Gilchrist Gold has been a great motivator for my students during the last 13 years of teaching elementary grades. Besides being a great motivator, students learn responsibility by keeping track of their money. Even though the money isn't real, it is real to the students because they get to use the money to purchase things on Gilchrist Gold Day. At the beginning of the year, and after each Gold Day, students make a construction paper wallet and decorate it. They write their name on...

Experience Engaging and Academically Sound Virtual Field Trips with ClassFlow I have fallen in love with virtual field trips in ClassFlow.  Through ClassFlow, students have visited unfamiliar regions, explored underwater habitats, and even toured the White House without ever leaving the classroom.  By embedding 360° images and videos in ClassFlow, our students have earned many frequent flyer miles this year as they travelled virtually to places they have never seen allowing them to build background knowledge and acquire new vocabulary relevant to...

ClassFlow is a great addition to any classroom. It makes learning fun and engaging for students. One of my favorite stories to tell about why I think you should give it a try if you haven’t, is the copy machine saga.     Have you ever been in the teacher’s lounge and needed a class set of papers only to find a huge line at the copier or the copy machine broken? ClassFlow can help with this problem! I have used ClassFlow many times...

Educators around the world are preparing students for THEIR futures! In doing so, they have discovered that classroom environments and instructional activities need to be adapted to the changing needs of their students. Changing our practices is not an easy process. We need to allow ourselves time and the feeling of some discomfort in order to grow. Taking risks in the form small steps will provide help guide the process. Three favorite tools include twitter, blogging and virtual platforms to connect with...

Lego Builder Lego Builder is a great app and it has many mathematical uses. You can have your students make arrays using Lego Builder.  Give them directions such as:  Create an array that has a product of 20.  They will use the Lego blocks to make an array.  Lego Builder has a feature where students can share their finished project with you, or they can take a screenshot and email their finished project for you to show understanding of the concept....