Learn Like a Pirate {Responsibility}

Is your head spinning with ideas and changes for next year?  I am seriously crazy over the idea of a student-led classroom and this week’s chapter was even more convincing than prior weeks.  The topic of this week’s reading was responsibility.  Before I dive in to talking about the actual reading, I would like to talk about responsibility as a whole. As you probably know, I teach fifth grade and in our school, that means middle school the following year.  My teaching partner and I do our best to really encourage responsibility and prepare them for sixth grade.  We do…

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Learn Like a Pirate {Peer Collaboration}

Now that we’ve learned what a student-led classroom is and addressed a few common concerns, it’s time to dive into the heart of the PIRATE acronym.  P stands for Peer Collaboration.  In my classroom, I do my best to provide so many opportunities for peer collaboration.  Although I provide these opportunities, reading this chapter opened my eyes to the many things that I could be doing differently. One of the many frustrating aspects of peer collaboration is that it seems that my kids always have some sort of conflict.  I’ll take blame for that.  I often find myself jumping into…

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Building Mathematical Comprehension {Chapter 1}

I am so excited to begin reading the book Building Mathematical  Comprehension by Laney Sammons.  I have owned this book for over a year but have been so swamped with working on school related things that I haven’t had a chance to just sit down and read!  Right now, I’m blogging from a beautiful cabin in Gatlinburg, TN that I am renting with the rest of my family for the week.  We have twelve people in one house.  We’ll see who comes out alive! ๐Ÿ™‚  On the drive down, I had a chance to dive into this great book!  This…

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Learn Like a Pirate {Common Concerns about Student-Led Classrooms}

I love the idea of a student-led classroom but I do have my concerns.  First, I’ll admit that I am a total control freak.  Can I release that power to my kids?  I feel that I can but it will take a little learning on both their end and my own. This chapter took the time to address common concerns about a student-led classroom.  While I appreciate the clarification and confidence boost, I loved reading the benefits even more!  Solarz believes that having a student-led classroom leads to increased retention due to an increase in student engagement. Solarz points out…

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Teaching with Intention! {Chapter Two}

I’m going to start off by warning you that this is a longer post but it is one of the most CRITICAL parts of the book.  I know right, this is only chapter two and we’re getting deep here!  Before reading on, take a second to jot down a few of your beliefs in education.  I’ll wait… ๐Ÿ™‚ * ** *** **** ***** ****** ******* ******* ****** ***** **** *** ** * In this chapter, Debbie discusses her beliefs in education.  What I love about this chapter is that it required me to first think about my own beliefs.  And, do…

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