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Standards Based Grading: What About the Kids?

By: Mary Kienstra on: August 30, 2015  in: #tlap, assessment

We are in for a huge upheaval in my elementary school this year as we are changing our report cards.  We’re moving from the traditional grades that we have used forever to standards based grading.  To say that teachers are freaking out would be a huge understatement, but I’m excited!  I say it’s about time that […] Read more

Character Analysis – Speed Dating Style

By: Mary Kienstra on: May 24, 2015  in: #tlap, characters, dress-up;, Engagement

Sometimes my craziest ideas turn out to the be the best ones.  We are getting close to the end of the school year, so it’s time for a party in reading class.  But not just any party.  This party was a “dress as your favorite character from a book” party.  Additionally, they brought 5 props […] Read more

Kakooma Challenge via Google Hang Out

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 12, 2015  in: #tlap, Engagement, Kakooma

My students love to play Kakooma on www.gregtangmath.com .  In fact, Kakooma Challenge is the centerpiece of our Friday math routine.   I’ve bragged to every teacher I know about how engaging Kakooma is for students and how we use it to learn so many things in my class.  Today we competed in a Kakooma Challenge via Google Hang Out with a […] Read more

Math Engagement with Halloween Candy

By: Mary Kienstra on: November 6, 2014  in: #tlap, CCSS, Engagement

Every year, the students at my school donate their extra Halloween candy to the local USO.  As so many projects, it started small and has grown in scope and volume every year.  Our students are generous as community contributors.  They take great pride in the amount of candy they contribute. One great motivator: the class […] Read more

Write Scripts, not Paragraphs

By: Mary Kienstra on: October 22, 2014  in: #tlap, Engagement

After a several days of researching, my students and I gathered together to talk about the next steps in their project.  They had enthusiastically found information about their favorite author and were buzzing about what they had learned.  I think they were secretly, or maybe not so secretly, dreading the next phase – writing the report. I showed […] Read more

Let Them Measure: Volume Measurements

By: Mary Kienstra on: June 19, 2014  in: #tlap, Engagement, Math, measure, nets, surface area, volume, worksheets

We’ve all had those days where things just don’t go the way you think it should.  You plan the lesson with all the critical elements to meet the target, but when the students get started, there is no excitement, no spark.  It’s just boring. That happened in my room when students were learning volume measurements.  The […] Read more

Doing Something Right

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 22, 2014  in: #tlap, Engagement, feedback, inspiration, Math

Two essentials for performing at your best are inspiration and feedback.  This past week, I was fortunate enough to have large doses of each.  It was quite a week!  I feel like I must be doing something right. From time to time we all need inspiration.  We need inspiration when things get boring or routine. […] Read more