Books are a Passport to Great Adventures

Ah, it's all about relationships! The theme of this month's book choices are all relationships.

Real life, folks! It's about an older mom and her secrets from her ten-year-old daughter. It's about an agoraphobic woman that spies on her neighbors. It's about identical twins that do not speak to one another. It's about a five-year-old that loses his way and ends up adopted to parents in another country. And, it's about a family that is torn apart by secrets long kept from one another and the laws of a state that threatens them.

These books will keep you reading way past your bedtime!

Book Reviews- five books with the common theme of relationships. These reviews will start your interest! Which one will you read first?


Blow Tubes - An Easy Way to Hook Your Kids on STEM

Once upon a time... I was a classroom teacher. Third grade!

Then one summer I made the switch to be a specialist- the STEM Lab teacher.

Our students had never had STEM. So, I knew I was going to have to open the first few classes with a sure "hook" to get them interested and excited. With my fourth graders, we tried Paper Airplanes and that was spectacular. With 5th grade, we tried a rescue device that was really fun.

And, with third graders, I tried Blow Tubes.

Yep, you read that right.
STEM Challenge featuring Newton's Second Law of Motion and Blow Tubes! Students experiment and keep data tables which results in a design challenge Great fun and full of learning!


5 Tips for STEM Newbies

Do you shop at Teachers Pay Teachers? I sure do and I am so excited that many of my blog readers also shop at TpT and at my store! I started creating STEM Challenges about 5 years ago and it has been quite a learning experience - both in the creation process and all the things I have learned about STEM in the classroom.

I love hearing from teachers that have purchased my challenges and used them with their students. Probably a day I will never forget is when a customer used a challenge and then posted photos on her Instagram account. When I saw the photos it was very humbling but was made even more so when I noticed the teacher was from Australia. How is it possible that something I created is being used in a STEM class all the way on the other side of the world?

On the flip side of the happy moments are those times I do hear from teachers that are not pleased with their STEM results. Recently I received feedback in my store that let me know the challenge did not work with the teacher's students.

Oh, wow, I wish I could help and I would be happy to do so! This was the inspiration for this post. I wonder if I can point you in the right directions with tips for being a first-time STEM user.

STEM Challenge advice and tips for teachers new to STEM! This post can be a great help with your expectations and planning for a STEM activity! #teachersareterrific #STEM #elementary


7 Tips for the Busiest Month of the Year

I love the freshness of a new school year, don't you? I also love the busy-ness of the first few weeks of school!

But, and there is always a but, I don't love the overwhelming feeling we all get as we try to write lesson plans, make nametags, hang bulletin boards, create new projects, and teach our classroom routines.

So, let's see if I can give you some ideas and quick tips to get going smoothly in the busiest month of the school year!

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