Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How problem solving posters can help your students in math

There are so many things to hang up in your math classroom. So WHY do you need to hang up problem solving posters too?

How can problem solving posters help your students succeed in math? These posters are great for showing your students different ways to solve a math problem.

Teaching math today is not what it used to be when I started teaching 20 years ago. How I miss those days. Math today involves so much more critical thinking and problem solving than the simple one-step problems when I was in school. We have to teach our students how to problem solve. We have to teach our students how to rethink a problem when they first don't get the solution.

I have found in solving problems in math, many students don't know where to even start.

That's when problem solving posters can really come in handy.

Included are 16 problem solving posters which can hung around the room or even printed out 4 to a page for students to glue in their math notebooks.

I am big on modeling how to do things, so I would model each of these strategies for my students with a sample problem. Students have seen some of these strategies before, but they honestly don't know how to use them themselves.

How can problem solving posters help your students succeed in math? These posters are great for showing your students different ways to solve a math problem.

How can problem solving posters help your students succeed in math? These posters are great for showing your students different ways to solve a math problem.

I also really like poster on mistakes. I think kids need to know that mistakes aren't bad. Not bad at all. Mistakes are ok and not something to be ashamed for...after all that's why God invented erasers!

This idea is from Math Equals Love and she has a lot of good problem solving ideas.


What are your favorite strategies to improve your students' problem solving skills in math?



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Saturday, July 22, 2017

State Research Projects

Does the word "RESEARCH" invoke fear? Anxiety? Uneasiness? Panic? Terror?

Especially when it comes to having your students research?

I have something that will take the fear and anxiety away!

Do you have your students research about different states? Looking for a unique way for students to display their research? These student-friendly posters are perfect for students to display their state research! And they look fabulous on a classroom bulletin board or hallway display!

Do you have your students research different states?

This will make research fun and enjoyable for your students. REALLY!

Here's what some students had to say about my Country Research Project Posters.

"Perfect! Really helped my kids stay organized and asking the right questions."

"Love this resource. My kids truly enjoyed researching their country of choice"

"I used this for a school-wide Heritage Day event. This was a great supplemental resource for my students' projects. I loved the layout and it helped guide them in their research. Thank you!"

Do you have your students research about different states? Looking for a unique way for students to display their research? These student-friendly posters are perfect for students to display their state research! And they look fabulous on a classroom bulletin board or hallway display!

I wanted to create something that was student-friendly, making it super easy for students to figure out what to specifically research. Many times if you have students research something they have NO idea where to start. This resource gives them a really good place to start.

Do you have your students research about different states? Looking for a unique way for students to display their research? These student-friendly posters are perfect for students to display their state research! And they look fabulous on a classroom bulletin board or hallway display!

Do you have your students research about different states? Looking for a unique way for students to display their research? These student-friendly posters are perfect for students to display their state research! And they look fabulous on a classroom bulletin board or hallway display!

All 50 states are included.

I also included a student-friendly bibliography page so students can cite all their sources.

Do you have your students research about different states? Looking for a unique way for students to display their research? These student-friendly posters are perfect for students to display their state research! And they look fabulous on a classroom bulletin board or hallway display!

They fit in a lot of information within these two papers! And what's great is that they look perfect on a big 12x18 piece of construction paper and displayed on a bulletin board or in the hallway!



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Why use choice boards?

Have you ever used choice boards in your classroom?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE using choice boards with my students.

Here are my TOP 10 reasons why I love using choice boards in my classroom.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

I use choice boards in every subject, with several different grade levels.

Here's an example of some of my choice boards in math, reading, and science.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

A big reason I love using them is that they work with students of different abilities. For students that are struggling somewhat, I might pair them up with a partner and narrow down the choices to 2 or 3 instead of 9. For my higher students, they love the freedom in being able to do more creative projects. Some of the stuff they have come up with is amazing. I just love seeing their creativity shine through.

Here are some of the choice board projects that my third grade students have created. They absolutely loved working on them and creating them.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

These students created little books on the rain forest.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

She created a foldable and designed it all herself.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

She wrote about the different connections she made while reading.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

This student created a poster on multiplication and explained it in her own words and used pictures.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

She created a math quiz on multiplication. The answer key was included as well.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

I also use them for spelling homework and vocabulary practice. My students and parents loved them! I use many of the same activities and rotate them throughout the year so that they could feel confident in the activities but still have choice.

Are you using Choice Boards in your classroom? If not, here are the TOP 10 Reasons for Using Choice Boards! Students will LOVE you for it!

Have you ever used choice boards? If so, what do you like about them?



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Long time no see!

Yes, I know it's been a LONNNNNNNG time since you've seen me on here.

A LOT has happened.

I got married.


Hubby got mobilized for active duty.

I resigned from my teaching job.

We moved from the big Dallas/Fort Worth area to a small town two hours away.

This city girl life is not used to the country life, but I am loving it. Our little town has no chain restaurants and only two main places to shop, but I do not miss the big city. Or the traffic. Or the construction.

The one bad things about moving here is that my allergies have gone NuTS. Just haywire. I've never gone through so much Zyrtec and Kleenex.

I pray it gets better. Hopefully I won't have to wait until winter when everything dies.

I wanted to share what I've been working on.

As you know, I LOVE to travel and love photography. I love incorporating my travel and photography into the classroom. Teaching in Texas many of my students have not traveled outside of their small bubble. They think that Six Flags over Texas is a big place to go into and haven't even thought about traveling to a place like China or Peru. I want to show them that there is a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. The photographs included are all ones taken by me on my travels around the world.


Here's one week looks like. This photo was taken in Thailand when my friend and I got a Thai pedicure. I was pretty excited about it, but my friend was terrified. She literally closed her eyes and screamed a little for the first five minutes. The fish literally eat the dead skin off your feet. Talk about tickling!


The photographs were taken in countries all over the world.


I also included large color photos for each week so you won't have to worry about wasting your color ink on the student pages. These would be great under the document camera or in a station. I would definitely laminate them beforehand because we all know how dirty little hands can be.
Are you traveling somewhere this summer? Let me know where! I am a little addicted to traveling (as if you couldn't tell), and I won't be going anywhere big this summer.



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Sunday, December 11, 2016

I'm getting married!!!!

That's right! I'm getting married!


I have waited a LONG LONG time to meet the man of my dreams. When I say a long time, I'm not exaggerating.

But he was SO worth it! I feel so incredibly blessed.

We got engaged about a month ago in San Francisco and am getting married a little less than a month away. Yes, I know. I'm a little nuts. But when you know you know, and we're both older. So why wait?



So that's why I haven't blogged much lately. Planning a wedding in two months and having a BUSY stressful year teaching has taken all my time.

Trying to keep things simple and not stressing out about the little things. Because it's not about the wedding. That's only one day. It's about the marriage.

Those of you who are married, do you have any marriage advice to share?



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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Silent reading....making it work!

Some of my students struggle with reading. Looking around the room, looking at the back cover, looking at the front cover, looking around the room again, etc....sound familiar to any of your students?

So we decided to create mini anchor charts on what reading looks like and what it doesn't look like. They did great with it, and it was so simple to have them do. The only materials were a half sheet of white paper and their pencils and crayons. Easy peasy!



Here are a few of my favorites. We had a class discussion on it, and they came up with most of the descriptions themselves. I think they did pretty good!



I taught my students a couple of strategies to help them during silent reading. I had them try each strategy, and if one worked for them then use it.


  • Whisper reading - I taught my students to mouth the words or whisper them quietly enough so that only they can hear themselves and no one else.
  • Follow with their finger - I had noticed that students often lose their place and start looking around the room. So I taught them that sometimes following with their finger can help them stay focused.

We Are Teachers has some great ideas to help students during silent reading.

One of their suggestions is to have some pillows and cushions for students to use during reading. Although I am concerned that my students will play around or fall asleep, I might be picking up some pillows and cushions at Walmart today.

Here is another idea that I totally want to try! Every student would have to bring their own flashlight which if I demonstrated it once then I don't think it would be a problem. I would love to give credit to the person that thought of this idea, but I can't find it.


Ideas by Jivey has a great way to incorporate Flashlight Friday into the classroom and motivate your students to improve their reading strategies. Go check it out! I definitely want to try it in my classroom.

What are your favorite strategies to "teach" your students how to read silently?



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Friday, September 9, 2016

Using your Classroom to Inspire your Students

Three weeks have school have now gone by. And I FINALLY feel like I can breathe long enough to sit down and actually blog. WHOA.

PLEASE tell me that I'm not the only one who feels like this!

Here are some pics of my new classroom. I am teaching 5th grade self-contained this year, and I love my class. They are challenging (they LOVE LOVE LOVE to talk), but I look forward to seeing them every day.

Fifth graders are at an important age...when they are trying to decide the person they want to be and the dreams they want to pursue. I wanted to use my classroom to inspire my students. I wanted to inspire them to go to college, to travel, and to not give up.

Do you want to inspire your students to go to college? To travel? To dream? Here are some simple ways to use your classroom to inspire your students to dream BIG!

Here are some ways I used my classroom to inspire my kiddos.

I went to Texas A&M University and am all about brainwashing inspiring my students to go to my college. Even if they don't go to Texas A&M, I still want them to start thinking about college. This is my bulletin board in the hallway outside my classroom for hanging student work.



These three areas are for anchor charts, vocabulary words, and student work in each of the subject areas. It's at the back of the classroom.


This is my inspiration wall right when you walk into my classroom. As my students line up, they often look at the wall. In fact I saw one of them reading one of the posters today. These are in my TpT store if you're interested in getting some for your own classroom. Click HERE.


Here is the front of my classroom. I found this quote on another blog and loved it so much that I made it for my own classroom.


Here is the side wall of my classroom. I LOVE all the cubbies! Now you would think that these would be perfect for my students' textbooks and backpacks, but I didn't want to give up the storage! So my students keep their textbooks inside their desks and their backpacks in a huge tub at the front of the classroom. And I get to keep my cubbies!


Here is a up close pic of my college area. I told you that I went to Texas A&M University and am a HUGE Aggie! I wasn't kidding!


My reading area....I wanted to incorporate my travel photos from around the world somehow and inspire them. I think I did the trick.


This is my favorite inspiration area in my classroom....where I share about my dream. I really had always wanted to live in another country, and I got to when I taught English in Korea. BEST experience of my life! I also have my scarf I wore this past summer when I was in Poland watching the Euro Cup and photos from my past travel experiences. My students just love to look at my photos. I often get "Where's that picture from? What is that? Where is that? and You've been everywhere!" I love it! I don't remember any of my teachers sharing their travel experiences with me. Maybe if they had I wouldn't have waited until I was 26 and my mom had just died to finally decide to just do it and travel.



Hope y'all have a great first couple of weeks of school!



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