Best First Day Ever!

Yup, I said it. Today was the best first day I’ve ever had! First Thing: All the students showed up, excited about their first day of 5th Grade. We started the day with a class selfie! Team Building/Collaboration Who says we can’t begin collaborating on Day 1? In the name of collaboration and team work, […]

Visual Blog

Visual Blog

Morning Announcements

We have started video taping our morning announcements. That’s right, we now have a News Show called KCAM Morning News. That’s why our school ROCKS! KCAM Morning News 2-27-14 from Lisa Nowakowski on Vimeo.

Student Demo Slams

If you have been to a Google Summit or other Googley type event, you have most likely witnessed a Demo Slam. For those of you who have not, a Demo Slam is where a presenter (anyone really) is given 3 minutes to show off their coolest, geekiest, most interesting tech ‘thing’. I have seen Demo […]

Word Problems

Recently we have been working on solving word problems and fractions. This week the students have been annotating those word problems and working in groups. Here is an example of an alternative assessment. The students used a small hand-held camera and recorded their thoughts. Bravo students!   GEDV0020 from Lisa Nowakowski on Vimeo.

Awesome Explanation

I LOVE math! I really do. To me it makes so much sense. So for years I have asked my students to explain how they arrived at a certain answer in math. I know, totally doing Common Core before my time. Anyway, I was impressed by the use of academic language and the ease in […]

Class Rules By Ms. N.

Well, today was Day 2 (178 more to go). Yesterday we began writing down our class rules. I began typing them into Google Docs and in the end shared the document with all the students. One rule the students came up with was No Hats In The Class. Now normally, I’m not too fussy if […]

First Day By Ms. N.

So normally a person wouldn’t pair Angry Birds, a sign that reads F.A.I.L (First Attempt in Learning), and school philosophy in a lesson to 5th graders; let alone 5th graders on the 1st day of school. But I did, and I’d say that I’m pretty darn brilliant. F irst A ttempt I n L earning […]

Earth recycles

Earth recycles.   A PSA by Amy

What Would You Do?

Here is a problem for you: Let’s say that you know your friend took money from someone in your classroom. We’re not talking a dollar or two (although that’s not right either), we’re talking like $20. I know, that’s a lot! Maybe that friend is telling you that you better not tell. Maybe your friend […]

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