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

Online Resources for Project Based Learning

Today was the last day of a three-day professional development (PD) regarding project based learning (PBL). This PD was facilitated by Illinois Math & Science Academy (IMSA). Since I work at a STEM school, I have to teach skills within… 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

STEM Career Day

On June 15, 2015, Earle STEM Academy will host STEM Career Day. I selected three group leaders to design an investigation of a STEM career. They chose to research: Civil Engineer, Web Developer, and Microbiologist. The leader of each group… Continue Reading

Retake Test Contract

I have a confession … my students haven’t been performing well on tests. It’s the beginning of the school year and the coursework will not get any easier. So, what am I to do? I have to allow students to… 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

Problem of the Month

I think students should have an opportunity to be creative in Math class. Giving students a Problem of the Month (POM) allows for this creativity. Too often, in math class, students think there is only one way to solve a… Continue Reading