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....

Hey teacher! Are you looking for some quality online resources to use in your classroom? Are you looking for a lesson without recreating the wheel? Then you need to check out these terrific teacher resources: Smart Exchange -  If you use the Smartboard then you need to create free educator account for Smart Exchange. Smart Exchange has interactive notebooks and lessons created by teachers for teachers. All you need to do is download the lesson. You can search by grade...

"I wish they had fun classes like that when I was in school”.  – Student Parents That’s how you know you’re on the right track. Alumni and parents of students tell you they’re jealous. [bctt tweet="That’s how you know you’re on the right track. Alumni and parents of Ss tell you they’re jealous. @garlicsuter #classflowlove #edtech" username="classflow"] Starting at my new school, Elida High School, I was given a lot of freedom to design new courses that I thought would be best for...