Have you struggled with teaching the metric system to your students? You aren't alone! I reached out to a professional math tutor to help shed some light on why it is so hard to teach metric measurement in the United States. Learning math is not entirely different from learning language, and metric units must be… Continue reading Teaching the Metric System: Why it is SO hard!
We are all guilty at times of becoming stuck in our ways. Many moons ago when I started teaching science, I started a bad habit. It was time to grade my first set of benchmarks. I knew it was impractical to grade the answer sheet one letter at a time, so I wanted to make… Continue reading Grading Multiple Choice Answer Sheets Quickly
The last day before Winter break can be pretty tough. The kids (and teachers) are ready to GET OUT. Plus, if your school has early dismissal like we do, you are probably on an abbreviated schedule that makes the day even crazier. Luckily, fun and free holiday themed activities are plentiful for science, and I… Continue reading Fun and Free Holiday Science Activities
I am so lucky to teach at a school that provides a full hour of science instruction for our students every day, but I know that in many self contained classrooms science takes a back seat to math and reading. I think this is incredibly unfortunate because science is a part of literally EVERYTHING we… Continue reading 10 Simple Ways To Be A Better Science Teacher
The school year started with the birth of my second child looming heavily. I worked furiously to make sure the lesson plans were ready, with step by step instructions for every hour of every day (seriously)...Then I left, and left it up to God. My son was born early September, and I will finally be… Continue reading Maternity Leave is Almost Over!
My name is Mary and I am a mother of two small children. When I am not changing diapers, I teach elementary science. I have worked at a small charter school for the last five years and been fortunate to be part of a school that is supportive of science education. I also create and… Continue reading Welcome to Sockmonkey Science!