“ICP, Physics, Waves, and Electromagnetic Spectrum! This sounds like fun!” says no one

Right?!?!?!? It is not often that we hear students celebrating about sciences, writing, or the French Revolution. However, we can create activities that will bridge the gap between learning and teaching. The word fun and classroom do not belong together most of the time. Did we know that we were learning economics, math, and social studies when playing Monopoly? So how can we bring monopoly to our classroom? Continue reading

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Please remain silent!Stay on your seats!

“THAT STUDENTS ARE TALKING OR MOVING DO NOT MEAN THAT THEY DON’T LIKE YOUR CLASS OR THEY ARE LOOKING FOR TROUBLE. FOR SOME OF US, THIS IS HOW WE ARE AND HOW WE LEARN”

Classroom management is one of the biggest concerns for teachers around the globe. How can teachers manage a class with so many different learning styles? Well, the main concern for teachers is how to differentiate in a class with students who cannot be sitting or those who cannot stop talking. In spite of old teaching practices, nowadays we need students who are capable of learning by moving around. We need students who can talk, even when talking means to explain to other students or to present the lesson to peers. The challenge is that with some subjects is more difficult to plan activities like this. However, there are several strategies that we can start implementing in order to make our classes more likable. Continue reading

Recipe For Math Wizardry

A big hooray to Laura R for her amazing blog! Best recipe and teacher ever!

The Learning Wizard

“What is the point of trying?” “I just don’t get Math!” “I don’t do Math!” “I am not a Math person.” “Can I work on something else instead?”  These are all comments that frequently come out of HS students’ mouths who have not yet had their mind spell broken to conceptualize Math in a comprehensible manner.  So how does one break that spell?  Read on and you will find the Spell Breaker Recipe….

Spell Breaker Recipe for Learning Math

Ingredients:  

One student’s brain which has closed off to Math

One teacher’s willingness to discover the turn-on switch

Simple Math Fluency and Math Computations skill sheets

Topic being studied in class with independent assignment

A pinch of willingness

1 cup of humor

          ½ cup spell breaking chemicals

Instructions: 

Step 1:  Sit down with student and find out what they know how to do.  Work together Math problems that involve…

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You are dumb!

“You are dumb!” How many times have we heard these words in so many different contexts? Most of the times, we hear these words when we cannot understand certain topics such as reading a Shakespeare play, solving Math problems, playing an instrument, or playing soccer. But, what if we were doing it all wrong? Are we all good at Math, Sciences, Languages, or Sports? The answer is NO! Most of us are not good at doing it all and that is OK. Continue reading

“An intro to Teaching in 2017”: Multiple Intelligences in the classroom

It is not a coincidence that technology has advanced at the same quick pace that teaching styles has been changing in the last decade; I am writing this blog as a real proof of that. But technology is not the only thing that has changed. Nowadays, we have the opportunity to see our students in a more holistic way by using the multiple intelligences approach. Before, classrooms were predominantly lead by teachers who lectured and did’t allow participation or even inquiring. In present times, we even have a whole research about teaching students to become inquirers, where they have the freedom of asking questions about their own interests. But what are multiple intelligences? Continue reading

An intro to my “One size fits all” story

“When I was in elementary school, I was the one who would finished everything and would wait for more work. I was the one raising my hand and sitting in the front row. Things were not different in high school; however, I started disliking school, which has never happened before. I became also really anxious and started experiencing deficit of attention. I would find excuses to stand up or to get distracted. Even though I was the smartest in my class, I was always called out by teachers and administration. For many years I wonder why I had always the feeling that school was leaving me out, like if I was trying to get to a V.I.P section at the airport where I was not welcomed. Many years later, I realized that I was not the problem, but the consequence of a bigger one. I don’t remember my teachers standing up to explain things or giving me extra assignments, neither I remember doing labs for Chemistry or Biology.  I was failing my grades, but really the system was failing on me, the system was taking from me the desire for learning.”  Continue reading