October 6, 2014

STEM Wind Car Activity~ Adding Economics

Students loved constructing their Wind Cars as they learned important STEM concepts as well as economics.  Students measured the distance their cars traveled using one breath.  Students collected their data and then found the mode, median, mean, and range.  

October 2, 2014

Learning How to Use Technology Efficiently and Effectively in the Classroom

Technology is always engaging to students, but how do I use it efficiently and effectively?  I'm starting the journey of incorporating Chromebooks into my classroom.  Today students used their Chromebooks to interact through the website Today's Meethttps://todaysmeet.com/home.  Students were reading in literature circles but instead of filling out their graphic organizer, they collaborated through the website.  Students asked questions, typed hard words, and shared their favorite parts.  

 Students seemed to enjoy this activity, but the real test will be when I assess if they comprehended their books.  It's important to me to use technology in a way that is effective in the learning process.  Not just using technology because its technology!  Reading is thinking and students were thinking about their books as they responded to their peers about their texts.

Great Website~ For Children's Books

Thanks Mrs. Stark for sharing

October 1, 2014

Fluency Folders for Upper Grades

Fluency is important for students in upper grades to continue to work on.  Fluency is not a skill that is necessarily mastered in the early years.  Students in upper grades can practice fluency while learning important content knowledge.  Fluency Folders for Upper Grades is a collection of poems, historical speeches, quotes, and songs that can hold the interest of upper grade level students while practicing their fluency.  

September 5, 2014

JDRF Challenge

In our school we have done a challenge which was the ALS ice bucket challenge. Now we are doing another challenge and it is raising money for JDRF. If we raise  over 2,500 dollars Mrs. Voss and Mrs. Bewley and which ever class has the most money the teacher and the principal and Vice principal get pie thrown in their faces. It is going to be so funny!!!!!:)  Ryker

Shaw Teachers Join The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

by Sophia B.

Thursday, August 28, 2014, Shaw Elementary teachers joined the ALS ice bucket challenge. Before the ice-bucketing, our school raised over $1,000 to fight the ALS disease! We just needed just $600 for the teachers to join, a couple hundred more for the specialty teachers to come in, and a whopping $1,000 for Mrs. Voss, the principal, and Mrs. Bewley, the vice principal, to help find a cure and join the freezing ice bucket challenge! But we didn't stop there, we exceeded that $1,000 and went "above and beyond", after all we are the stars!

August 12, 2014

Getting To Know Your Students

This is a great resource to use to get to know your students!  I can't wait to use this resource.  It has a great print out that you can share with parents and students.

July 27, 2014

Getting Ready for a New School Year! How to Organize a Classroom Library

Wow!  At the end of July I always start getting excited about the new school year.  As much as I love summer, there is just something about walking down the school supply aisle! New notebooks, pencils, pens, smelly markers, any supply a teacher could dream about all ready to aid students in their future learning.  On my todo list there are several items that must be checked off before students arrive the first day: classroom organized, lessons planned, and supplies bought.

My classroom library is always one of the biggest jobs to tackle to begin the school year.  I have decided this year that I'm addicted to buying books my shelves are full! Organizing my books is becoming quite a job.
Picture Books
My picture books are sorted by topics: Weather, Animals, Insects, Science books, Simple Machines, Civil War, etc.  

I keep my read aloud books in baskets by subject areas.  

Paint sticks: I will use these to separate my books by author's last name. 

June 25, 2014

Ag in the Classroom Conference~ Hershey

National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Hershey, PN

Wow! I have learned so much this week, not to mention ate a lot of chocolate.  I think I can safety say that my sweet tooth is cure!!! (Well at least for a while) At Hershey Lodge the soap, shampoo, butter, everything is chocolate or chocolate themed.  I’m staying in the Reese’s Wing of the Lodge.  It has been a fun conference!  I learned so much about teaching using higher levels of thinking skills as I meet Common Core Standards in the workshop Making Common Core, Common Place When Teaching Agricultural Concepts.  Bees 101 taught me more than I could have ever imagined about bees.   In Food Around the World I learned about how to integrate agriculture into geography lessons.  The Resources from Sue Knott from Minnesota were amazing.  I will be using the Minnesota Ag Website!! Food Around the World gave me a great way to teach important vocabulary words.  

Hershey Museum
Teachers are always learning! I love museums~ call me a nerd, but I would prefer History Buff! Learning about the entrepreneur Milton Hershey has been one of my favorite parts of the trip.  The tour of the museum showed how Mr. Hershey developed his product and how it has changed over time!  The Chocolate Lab gave me the opportunity to learn the process of making a chocolate bar, where the cocoa beans are imported from and the process of getting them to the Hershey Plant! Then we made our own!! Yes, I invented my own special chocolate bar!!

I will be sharing the video clip of I Love Lucy, Chocolate Factory with my students as an example of an assembly line! 

June 5, 2014

Summer Time

I hope you are having a great first day of summer vacation! Please keep me informed of your summer experiences.  I want to know what you are reading and doing.  If you go on any fun vacations add a comment about your experience!! Just put your first name and I will know who you are! Have a great summer!  I will add what I'm doing too.
Mrs. Taylor

May 16, 2014

May 5, 2014

End of the Year Scrapbook

I'm always trying to find or make engaging activities for the end of the year.  The End of Year Scrapbook is a great activity that promotes writing and gives them a keepsake to remember  our year together!

April 26, 2014

Lock In 4:00

Shaw Star Lock-in~ A Night We Will Never Forget

Shaw Star Lock-IN, Rock-IN
What a night!  Our students came back to school at 6:30 Friday night for our first ever lock-in.
Parents checking their kids in!  It looked like Black Friday!  The kids were ready and the teachers were a little uncertain (nervous, scared to death) on what the night would hold.  

Getting ready for the pizza and listening to the rules.  

Glow In the Dark 

Stars Looking at the Stars, Jupiter, and Mars! 

Dodge Ball at 3:00 AM  Teachers vs. Kids
You would think they would take it easy on us!! NOPE! 

Give me S'More of that Lock-In Rock In!!! 
I'm so happy to be at a school that makes learning fun and gives kids experiences they will never forget!  Teaching is about building relationships and making a difference in lives of children.  I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to get to be a part of these amazing kids lives!  Someday soon, when  they are the leaders of our country I will say I was their teacher!! I hope that I have been a teacher that they will never forget!  BECAUSE that will make all the DIFFERENCE! 

#CFKMHOA Lisa Taylor, Springdale Schools, Champions for Kids

Champions for Kids is a non-profit organization that mobilizes millions to impact the lives of children.  CFK helps remove the obstacles that prevent students from being successful, by bringing awareness to communities on how they can help students.  Through this mobilization, EVERYONE can be a Champion for Kids!

March 21, 2014

The Author of Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis, a Newberry Winning Author

My students enjoyed listening to Christopher Curtis tell about how he began his life as an author.  He
encourage my students to write daily.  "PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!!"  he said.  

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March 10, 2014

Mathematical Pi (Full Song)

My students love learning by singing or watching quick snippets of videos. 
It is important to teach to all the different learning modalities in your classroom!

March 6, 2014

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Students write, record, and edit their own school news!  Students then use a MacBook to put their videos in iMovie. My students are learning real world communication skills as they are actively engaged in their own learning!  Way to go Shaw Stars! 

February 25, 2014

Always Learning~

Today was my last day in Extending Children's Mathematics in Grades 3-6 Year 2 workshop. I have learned so much about how to teach math. The more I learn, the more I know I need to learn. In the field of teaching you never arrive or have all the answers! You do the best you can with the knowledge you have at the time. Then you continue to learn! I have learned so much about how to push students' thinking and how to really look at how they are solving problems. In the past math was either right or wrong, but now teachers are being trained on how to analyze students' thinking. How exciting is this! Change isn't always easy, but it is very rewarding! My journey as a teacher has made me realize that there will always be new ways of teaching, new standards, and different types of learners, but that is what makes teaching so much fun! There is never a day that is the same! I know how only the bad things about Common Core get published and shared, but I for one am glad that someone has taught me that I should stop, slow down, and ask children important questions about their math work! Students should be able to discuss how they solved their problems and understand how their peers' work is similar or different to their own. Teachers should always strive to understand what students are thinking when they are solving math problems. Students should be taught for mathematical understanding! (And teachers too!)

February 11, 2014



Students Reflections

Little Rock
By: Janson, 5th Grader
   Little Rock, it is our state capitol, it has a lot to discover and tons of fun hidden throughout the city. Come along on this adventure with me as I take you on my Fifth grade Little Rock field trip.
        First, my alarm woke me up at 5:30am to get ready to go to Little Rock. I ate my breakfast and then got on the bus to head to Little Rock. When we got to Little Rock we went to the capitol, and I got to take a tour. On the tour I learned that when the capitol was first built there was only three senates but now there are five senates. I also learned that in the house of the senate there are 9,720 dots on the ceiling, and Arkansas is the only place where you can dig for diamonds and keep what you find. Also on the tour I learned that 2 laws in Arkansas are that you can’t push a moose out of an airplane and you can’t keep an Alligator in a bath tub.
       Next, we went to Central High School where the Little Rock 9 were the first African Americans to integrate Central High School. At CHS I learned that one of the girls of the Little Rock 9 got expelled for calling a girl “white trash”. Also I learned that one of the Little Rock 9 passed out before getting to the second set of double doors. Plus I learned that one of the girls from the Little Rock 9’s dress was torn to pieces in the bathroom by a bunch of girls who were against mixing blacks and white. Hearing that made me feel sorry about how my ancestors treated African Americans.
       Last, I slept at Ferndale with my bunk buddy’s Jackson, Carson, Gavan, Cannan, and Mrs. Voss. The next day we went to the Heifer Project. The Heifer Project is an organization who helps communities by donating Alpacas, Goats, Ducks, Honey Bees, and more to provide the seven M’s meat, money, milk, manure, material, motivation, and muscle. After the Heifer Project we took the long ride back home. All in all my Fifth grade field trip was a great adventure in which I had fun and learned a lot too. Maybe after reading this you might want to take a trip to Little Rock to explore all of the fun and knowledge of Little Rock.                           

February 9, 2014

Field Trip Experiences

I love the thought of field trips~ giving kids great experiences that connect to the content you're learning about in the classroom, but 3 hours on a bus with over fifty kids can be a wild experience!  No really, we had a great time on our fifth grade field trip, but I was glad to have a few extra snow days to recoup. (Maybe in my college days I could have kept up better!) 
Our fifth grade classes traveled to Little Rock to visit our state capitol and to tour Central High School.  
Our students had learned about the Civil Rights Movement and how schools were segregated in the south.  Students walked in the path of the Little Rock Nine and opened the same doors that they had opened.  I feel like this experience brought my students’ learning to life!  Students sat engaged as the tour guide told stories of how the students had been mistreated.  Students then visited the museum at the Central High School National State Park and learned more about this time in history. 

We also visited the Heifer International’s Ranch.  Students visited the countries around the world as they learned about their needs and the way that people in other countries live. 

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Field trips are a great way to making learning fun!  It gives all students the same experience to write about and it connects classroom learning to real world events! RELEVANCE~REAL~ and you definitely build RELATIONSHIPS!!!!