Design Thinking in the Classroom: The Truth About Failure (Part 2)

By Chelsea Leach (@leach_theteach) Typically, we think of failure as the worst thing in the world. It can be a sure sign that something wasn’t meant to be, or just wasn’t meant to be for you. However, when it comes to design thinking in the classroom, failure is an important learning opportunity, and dare I … Continue reading Design Thinking in the Classroom: The Truth About Failure (Part 2)

Design Thinking in the Classroom (Part 1)

By Chelsea Leach (@leach_theteach) Thinking is an amazing thing. It gives us a chance to organize our experiences, to go back and reflect, or to be mindful. It is an undeniably powerful tool and a fundamental building block of learning. Thinking creates a pathway to knowledge, allowing us to seek solutions and solve problems. Though … Continue reading Design Thinking in the Classroom (Part 1)

Digital Literacy & Citizenship: Hugh Cole School Project

By Susan Castigliego (@SusanCast7) During the winter, I facilitated a school wide project that integrates technology with our core curriculum. I took this on as an initiative to build our community at Hugh Cole and it is something I did for the students to help with digital literacy and digital citizenship. This is how it … Continue reading Digital Literacy & Citizenship: Hugh Cole School Project

5th Grade Math Enrichment… Not Just Paper Based Skill and Drill

By Hilary Pietz The “I Wonder” In the first few months of school, most educators evaluate the needs of their learners.  I tend to focus on needs of my learners and how to make growth. In the past, I have had a heavy focus on the students who are struggling with expected skills in 5th … Continue reading 5th Grade Math Enrichment… Not Just Paper Based Skill and Drill

Screencasting and Self Reflection with Student Writing

By Amanda Donovan (@adonovan88) Scenario Students need to revise their own writing and reflect on their progress throughout the unit. Setting Grade 3 students in Writing Workshop As part of Bristol Warren Regional School District's Assessment Literacy Initiative, students regularly engage in self reflection of their work.  Students will often look at exemplar writing and … Continue reading Screencasting and Self Reflection with Student Writing

Goal Setting with SeeSaw to Understand the Why

By Ann Corrado (@AnnCorrado) Recently, I stood in front of my class and asked the question, “Why are we doing this?” The question was much more specific to the subject, but the response was eye-opening: no one could answer me. No one raised their hand. No one shouted out a response. The silence was deafening, … Continue reading Goal Setting with SeeSaw to Understand the Why

Flipgrid in Math Workshop

By Stephanie Pedro (@StephPedro007) Flipgrid has provided students with opportunities to share their thinking while problem solving.  This tool has also allowed students to use high order thinking strategies to demonstrate learning of new skills and vocabulary.     CCSS requires fourth graders to add and subtract fractions with common denominators using area models and … Continue reading Flipgrid in Math Workshop

Hugh Cole Elementary’s Annual “Getting Techy With It” Family Night Coming Up on April 18th!

It's that time of year for Hugh Cole's "Getting Techy With It" night! (April 18th, 6:00-7:30)  This annual event provides families with an opportunity to learn about the innovative ways that educators are leveraging digital technologies to enhance deeper learning opportunities for students across our K-5 classrooms.  There will also be opportunities for families to … Continue reading Hugh Cole Elementary’s Annual “Getting Techy With It” Family Night Coming Up on April 18th!

Learner Led Group to Increase Student Accountability

By Susan Jones What began as a “fix it quick on the fly”  became a favorite rotation within my math workshop.   What happened? I am a big advocate of rotations within a math block  because I feel I am able to better gauge and address all learners more efficiently using this model.  It becomes … Continue reading Learner Led Group to Increase Student Accountability