Keepin' Afloat in the Classroom
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Keepin' Afloat in the Classroom
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This unit was designed as an introduction to robotics since many of the students are unfamiliar with robotics. Many students see robots as only being a toy, but this unit was developed to show them the multiple uses and fields in which robotics are
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This is a contract that I have made to give to my students before starting the LEGO Robotics portion of our class. This sets the ground rules for students to follow and to help them to understand not only how to treat the LEGO Robotics, but to also
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This is a set of lessons in which students work independently or in a small group to build a robotic arm. The individual lesson requires students to work independently to build a robotic arm for a friend with a Styrofoam allergy by taking the user's
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This a list of the standard parts used in building the Lego NXT Mindstorms REMbot, which is the basic robot. All of the parts are also listed to attach the four sensors (sound, light, touch, and ultrasonic). This ensures that students have all of
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This is a unit built for 3-6th grader gifted students (could be used for regular education, as well) on Endangered Species. It works through the vocabulary, environmental issues, what students can do to help, and student initiated animal projects.
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This is a project that I did with my fifth grade class during our Earth, Moon, Sun, and Space Unit. Each student was assigned a planet and they completed all of the research on their iPads on a LiveBinder (here is that link:
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This is a set of morning challenges that includes a fun riddle, a challenging math problem, and a Think-a-Gram. The math problems are tricky but doable for gifted elementary student, middle school, or high school students! This also includes the
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There are two levels of Choice Boards for students to work from. The main theme for the Choice Boards is Native Americans. The Board with the stars is for the lower level and the hearts is for a more advanced group. Either board could also be used
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This resource is designed from an idea found in Scholastic Instructor Magazine. It is designed to help integrate ELA into the Common Core curriculum. With the new Common Core, more and more Language Arts is going to be integrated into other
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This is a set of morning challenges that includes a fun riddle, a challenging math problem, and a Think-a-Gram. The math problems are tricky but doable for gifted elementary student, middle school, or high school students! This also includes the
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This activity was created for use on the iPad using Notability. It can also be printed and used as well. It works with coordinate planes and can be used for a lesson or a fun indoor recess activity! Enjoy!
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This is the Reading Counts Points Schedule that I use in my 5th-grade class. I also included the slips that I give my students to update them on their number of points. The points may need to be adjusted for your students.
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This activity comes from Drawing on the Inventive Mind: Exercises in Thinking, Language and Self-Esteem by Jon Pearson. He works to encourage critical thinking and self-esteem in his book. The worksheet here is used to pair with his lesson. I am
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I previously taught one year in a fifth grade regular education classroom and now will be starting my first year as a 3rd-6th grade gifted education teacher. My focus for gifted education is robotics and how to use robotics effectively in a classroom setting with gifted learners.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am currently teaching my morning robotics independently. In this time, I do individual work, partner work, and group work on certain activities. At the beginning of the day and the end of the day, I work as a team teacher for the elementary gifted program. We trade off responsibilities and teach anything from team building to social skills and science to mathematics. We are sort of jack of all trades, but my current area of main study is robotics with the students in grades 3-6.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Truman State University in 2012 and my Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Truman State University in May of 2013. I also have certification for K-12 gifted education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am married and have a puppy named Shelby with whom I spend most of my time! Outside of my family and school, I ride horses and like doing crafty things with my hands and a hot glue gun!

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