Targeting High Achievers in Middle School Math

In every classroom, there are students with varying levels of understanding regardless of the content. Teachers have a enormous task of reaching all those levels to help them meet or exceed the learning standards. Math is a subject that presents… Continue Reading

Five Ways to Increase Students’ NWEA Math Scores

I believe every teacher wants to see their students grow. Students’ growth make us feel like our work is not in vain. Their growth validates us as teachers. Enough with the selfishness … students should feel like all of their… Continue Reading

Don’t Start Your School Year Without …

Bloom’s Taxonomy Math Prompts Many authors write materials for teachers to use Bloom’s Taxonomy during Reading. From this, teachers create activities for students to complete or questions for students to answer that scaffold students’ learning while reading fiction or non-fiction… Continue Reading

NWEA Fusion 2015 Conference – RIT 101

I had the pleasure of attending the Fusion 2015 Conference in Chicago, IL on July 7th – 9th. The conference increased my understanding of the data that MAP testing yield. My most informative session was led by Dr. Nate Jensen,… Continue Reading

NWEA Resources

Although I provide quality instruction (tooting my own horn … lol), I like to provide my students with multiple resources to prepare them for the NWEA. I think it is important to show them the continuum of learning for each… Continue Reading

Week in Review

I like for students to be able to see how everything we do within a week is connecting together. All too often, students assume they are just completing activities with no purpose or common cause. So, I created a weekly… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Development

The Frayer Model has been used on cards for years by teachers to help develop students’ vocabulary. I have found that students have a hard time keeping up with the cards, so I developed a Frayer Word Chart. My students… Continue Reading

Current Events

Now that I am teaching Social Studies (or Social Science as CPS calls it), I feel that it is only appropriate for a middle schooler to be able to summarize and analyze a current event. So, I developed a worksheet… Continue Reading