The ABCs of Language Arts

The amazing thing about completing my Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction is that I get to learn and experience pertinent information for all core courses. My Language Arts Curriculum (1-8) course opened my eyes so much, especially from a cross-curricular perspective. Language Arts is used in every subject. This class challenged me toContinue reading “The ABCs of Language Arts”

Shaping Science

Last semester I took ‘Science Curriculum Grades 1-8’ course. My professor really provoked our thinking and our view of ‘science’. I decided to share some of the guided questions he asked at the beginning of the semester and how my response changed from day one of our course to the last day of our course.Continue reading “Shaping Science”

Leading Verbs

The Seven Verbs of Teacher Leadership by Wendy Pillars article also focuses on teacher-leaders, but it does so using seven verbs that are more so a reflection of leadership characteristics. I would like to focus on the fact that these are all action verbs, each word represents something that we must do and possess that makeContinue reading “Leading Verbs”

Interview with an English Language Learner

Being exposed to a new culture and language can be scary, overwhelming, and frustrating; however, it is also beautiful once you begin to embark on the journey. I was honored to interview a beautiful young lady by the name of “O”, who is currently in the seventh grade. Her family is originally from Gambia, Africa;Continue reading “Interview with an English Language Learner”

My Cultural Memoir

A memoir is defined as a narrative composed from personal experience. These personal experiences can create, enhance, promote discovery, or destroy certain aspects of our lives. Often, we go through life allowing certain events, objects, circumstances, or even people to shape our perceptions of who we are and what we will become. We fail toContinue reading “My Cultural Memoir”

Student Choice Boards

It’s so important that we give our students options; it helps with engagement, accountability, and a sense of owning the lesson. All students do not learn the same, so when we create choice boards, you can also create the choices to cater to multiple learners. This is an example of differentiating instruction. I encourage youContinue reading “Student Choice Boards”

Differentiating for Learning Styles

Back in 2016, I faced a huge Educator dilemma. I started the school year off teaching 7th-grade science and working diligently to bring them up to grade level. We had a routine and everything was going great. But then! I was notified that I would no longer be teaching 7th grade instead I would helpContinue reading “Differentiating for Learning Styles”

“Challenges for Teachers”

Teaching is far from easy or smiles and kisses.  Teaching or should I say educating is a challenging, yet a rewarding adventure.  Anyone who believes that teaching is “easy” has no idea about educating young minds.  Our students are very intelligent and intellectual, and they are often times distracted by outside circumstances that stretch beyondContinue reading ““Challenges for Teachers””

Shaping Scientific Inquiry and Learning

At the After-School Program that I serve, I had students to participate in the Ping-Pong Ball and Soda Bottle Activity as a Fun Friday Choice Activity. The students were excited to participate in a ‘special experiment’ with me. Originally, I wanted the activity to be done with our 4th-5th-grade students (ages 10-11), but the 1st andContinue reading “Shaping Scientific Inquiry and Learning”

Help the Parent, help the child!

As we know most of our student’s parents have full-time jobs and go above and beyond to make sure their child or children have a place to call home and other necessities. Parents usually look for the teachers to make sure that their child has all the academic tools needed to succeed. As educators, weContinue reading “Help the Parent, help the child!”