The "Create Your Own Colony" project is always one of the most entertaining class presentations of the year. My students certainly didn't let me down this semester. Their creativity and humor never ceases to amaze.
A tour of my classroom. Since I teach Georgia Studies, I'm a Georgia fan and wife of a UGA graduate, it's very fitting that my room is red, white and black 🐾 I transitioned to flexible seating last year and it has supplemented by instruction so well. I can configure my room in all sorts of ways for stations, direct instruction and central space for virtual reality. It has made my room inviting, more social and more tolerant as students can be grouped in endless formations, allowing kids of all backgrounds to work together and even become friends. Most of my seating options were funded by @donorschoose but I have bought bungee chairs, yoga balls, pillows and carpets on sale. My students love that my room is different and unique and it is just one of the reasons they love coming to social studies class. The main reason is the relationships I've built with them. As my friend @adventureswithmrc says, "Love first. Teach second." #gadoeteachertakeover#gasocialstudies#flexibleseatingclassroom#flexibleseating#georgiateachers#socialstudiesteacher#middleschool#teachersofthegram#teachersofinstagram#teachersofig#teachersofinsta
Getting a few animations and fun stories ready for Halloween next week. I found this cool story about Washington and the plan to resuscitate him after his death that I’m going to share with my students. Not quite “Zombie” George Washington, but it is a pretty good hook for the day! Plus, any excuse to play “Zombie” in class is a bonus! Follow the link in my profile to read the entire story.
Hi friends, I’m Natalie. ⠀
I believe in nautical stripes. ⠀
I wish I lived in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. ⠀
And you’ll usually find me on Friday nights next to a mountain of laundry and a mega-glass of Pinot Noir.⠀
I teach middle school English, Literature, and Social studies at a Catholic grade school.⠀
My three kids, Evelyn, Cal, and Lorelei are my joys and my breakdowns. ⠀
And my husband Zach is my biggest cheerleader. He promised me that when he proposed. ⠀
In this crazy, scary, beautiful life, my purpose is to share safe, clean, and beautiful things with you. Thanks for joining me! ⠀
Prepping for our first social studies stem challenge! Will our Native America homes withstand climate?! Ready for a fun week of learning, creating, testing, and revising! Thank you @ashleigheducationjourney for the awesome stem challenge resource. #iteach5th#starbs#socialstudiesteacher#stemchallenges
Teacher Tip Tuesday 👩🏼🏫
No matter how mad and frustrated and hopeless you feel, don’t give up on them. And more importantly, don’t give up on yourself.
This week I felt like the biggest failure in all of teacher land. Nothing I’m doing is working. None of it. Why am I even trying? I don’t want to go to work today- it’s pointless.
And then, in the middle of my most challenging period, a student who I thought for sure detested my very being asked if I taught US History. “I want to have you next year.” To which one student replied, “She wouldn’t want to have us next year!” It broke my heart that she would think that. Before I knew it my heart took over my mouth, “I care about all of you and I would love to have each one of you again next year. It may be tough sometimes, but you’re MY students.” This is what I said to the class that makes my hands shake with nervousness and panic in anticipation of some sort of confrontation that is sure to occur almost every day. This is what I said to the class that I’ve had more discipline issues with in 10 weeks than I have had with all of my previous classes combined. Ever.
So many kids need someone to show them firmness rooted in love. Discipline takes so much work, but the kiddos need it. They need to have that structure that only a safe and stable classroom can provide. For some of them, our classrooms are the safest place they have in their world.
We can’t take the easy way out and let them win. That’s not the promise we made. That’s not how this goes. It sometimes takes all the patience in the world and sometimes you may have to have campus security take them out of class for a day. But we win; every time. And when they know that we win every time, they don’t have to. They don’t have to grow up too fast or feel scared. They get to be kids and we get to be the adults.
They need someone who will follow through with consequences and love them just the same.
Had the opportunity to attend the #FCSS conference with my people today! Being surrounded by other History-lovin’ fools like myself was amazing. Left with so many great resources, strategies, and tools to bring back to my students!
“I’m so happy with how our Nelson Mandela collaborative poster turned out! My 1st and 9th period Geography students have been learning about Nelson Mandela the past couple days. This project was the perfect way to conclude the lesson. Each student colored a section of the poster then responded to a writing prompt. We had a fantastic discussion at the end of class discusing the meaning of Mandela's quote means and its relevance today. (May your choices reflect your hope's not your fears.) I'm so happy with how this lesson turned out.” - Lea from @socstudiesteacher .
•••🙏🏽Thank you @socstudiesteacher for sharing your students’ creation and writing responses! Link in profile. .
••👉🏽Be sure to check out her IG account for insightful social studies tips, humor, facts, and to learn a thing or two! I do!
One pen would definitely do the trick for grading, but how much fun would that really be for me? 🤷🏼♀️
I am grading an investigative piece my students wrote yesterday about the negative effects of the Industrial Revolution. They had to put on their investigative journalist hats and join the London Times! How do you teach the Industrial Revolution?! 📰
Help your students learn or review the social contract theory from the Declaration of Independence with this NEW Hands on History Puzzle. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
While waiting for my flight out, I naturally have to start reading #talktome by @kimbearden Thank you Mrs. Bearden, SOOO much, for changing my life. You have inspired me more than I ever could have imagined! I’m so glad I got to meet you and hear you speak. Hopefully next time I’ll get to see you teach! 💜 #RCAInspired
Today was full of data, goals, and a mile-high to do list! 😫 Although this training was extremely hard to sit through, I know it will ultimately make me a better teacher. Hoping all of you teachers out there crush your school year goals ❤
Do I scare you? When I sit down on a bench and you immediately get up and sit on another, did that make you feel better? Did it help you sleep better at night? You made my face red from shame.
Do I scare you? When you flipped my scarf when I was in 8th grade and you said you wanted to see my hair, did that make you feel better to find out my hair is auburn? You made me question if I should even continue wearing hijab.
Do I scare you? You just had to yell, “Go back home!” driving by while I’m walking to the park. Did that make you feel better? You gave me nightmares.
Change can be scary. Changing a school, changing residence, or changing workplaces can cause anxiety. Don’t put me in the same category with the above situations. I’m not scary. Don’t be afraid of me, embrace me. I will make you smile, I promise.
My experiences are not unique. Your minority students face the same experiences and still come to your class, ready to learn and ready to participate. Honor their commitment despite all the adversities.
I’m just going to pretend I didn’t have some awful PD today, and instead tell you about my reason for all the bright colors in this photo! I’ve done my mercantilism simulation for the past three years. I always try to sort the items traded as they come into my bank. However, those kids trade fast! Therefore, I decided to color code the items. This way, I can just sort by color as they come in, and the kids will put them back in the envelope at the end of class. Yay for creative ingenuity and yay for the weekend! Hope you have a nice weekend planned!
This free lesson from our #Immigration curriculum helps students understand the experience of immigrants in the 1800s, the factors that brought them to the United States, and the challenges they faced upon their arrival.
It’s been a loooong week between parent teacher conferences, preparing for my race this weekend, and meetings upon meetings. I’m certainly looking forward to a lot of rest this evening, but until then, I’ll be repping my alma mater (and current grad school too!) today in preparation for tomorrow’s big game — Go Green!! 💚
What is differentiation instruction? It is teaching the same material to all students but using a variety of instructional strategies or it may require the teacher to deliver lessons at varying levels of difficulty based on the ability of each student (Weselby, 2014). Examples of how to differentiate instruction in the Global Perspectives classroom:
✅design lesson based on students' learning styles
✅group students by the topic of interest or ability for assignments
✅assign the end of the product in a way the student prefers, based on learning styles (visual learners, auditory learners, kinesthetic learners)
✅learning environment ✅learning process (textbooks for visuals, listen or watch for auditory learners, completing assignments online)
PS. the task was to conduct mini research for all students, differentiation is by content, process, product
My whiteboard that took me three years to finish 🤯🤣 •
RACE strategy is one of my favorite writing strategies! Our kids are pretty good with the Restate and Answer portions but of course they always leave out the Cite and Explain! RACE has helped our kiddos 5-8 give in depth writing responses! All grade levels use this strategy in our middle school, and it’s helped our non-ELA teachers find a format for short answer responses! •
I’m getting used to the voice level lights... they are kind of bright 🤣🤣 but I really love my Bitmoji soooo whatever 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️ Be quiet or you’ll be blinded! #muahaha#iteachfifth#socialstudiesteacher#mathwriting#mathteacher#writingacrossthecurriculum#ela#languagearts#voicelevel
Today seemed like THE LONGEST DAY EVER!!!!!:
•7am- left for work
•8pm- got home from work and meetings
My bed is calling my name for sureeee
Although my hair is a mess, I have bags under my eyes, my body is exhausted, I’m feeling pretty accomplished 👏🏼
I have just added my Declaration of Independence Notes and Google Slides presentation to my store! Included in the file is the Breakup note that I share with my students. You can download it for FREE! It is a great hook to the lesson. There is no better way to introduce the worlds greatest breakup letter in history than to prank your students with a fake love letter! Follow the link in my profile to download the lesson!
Here’s one awesomely positive thing that resulted from this week- I had students record on my board the different ways they can communicate to me what they’ve learned. While there are many of the same ideas up there, there are quite a few cool ones I wouldn’t have thought of (news report, create a game (added today...not pictured), skit, short story, play/acting). I love being a part of their learning. #middleschool#socialstudiesteacher#teachersofinstagram#growthmindset#BadgerPride#personalizedlearning
Do you need to teach research to upper elementary or middle school students? Are you looking for ideas on how to help your students successfully complete a research project? I love teaching research and writing, so I have written a blog series with my best tips for teaching research skills. Check out this week’s post to read about common pitfalls for students.
To teach about the Federalist and AntiFederalist I made the Federalist Wall Of Fame in class today. As a way to preview reading the Federalist No. 1 students got to see pictures of Alexander Hamilton and Federal Hall where the nations first seat of government was located. #changetheclassroom#teachersofinstagram#socialstudiesteacher