How to Teach Chemical and Physical Changes to Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

How to teach a unit on chemical and physical changes to your upper elementary and middle school students

Are you frustrated with finding different ways to get your students to understand how matter changes? Instructing students on being able to identify the differences between chemical and physical changes can be frustrating for both the teacher and the student. When I first began teaching, this was a unit I dreaded. I felt intimidated in how to accurately teach this concept to my students and didn’t feel confident in myself. Flash forward ELEVEN YEARS and I can now say this is one of my favorite units to teach. I still find it challenging but I also feel like a rockstar when I know my students have grasped this difficult concept. I want you to have that same rockstar feeling so keep reading to learn some tips for this unit. 

Three Ways to Survive Teaching During the Holiday and Testing Season


It’s getting to be that time of year that every teacher dreads. The time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Students are all anxiously awaiting the winter holidays and are not thinking about school. Teachers are looking for a chance to relax and recharge. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do. We must fight the good fight and continue to teach. What are some of the best practices to keep our sanity while engaging the students? Check out these strategies that you can use in your own classroom to help. 

Easy Ways to Have a Productive Parent-Teacher Conference

Ways to have a successful parent teacher conference

Parent-teacher conferences seem to come up quickly each year. November appears to be the universal month to meet with parents and touch base with how their child is progressing in the classroom.

Budget Friendly and Easy Ways to Incorporate Hands on Learning in Science


How to make science fun by engaging students in learning about different topics of their interest



Science should be fun, interesting and engaging. Science needs to be more about reading a textbook and watching a Bill Nye movie. Science needs to involve as much hands-on learning as possible. Unfortunately, many teachers are thrown into the position of teaching science classes with little background knowledge, time to correctly incorporate the curriculum or funds to run it correctly.

How to Be an Organized Special Education Teacher

Keeping special ed program modifications, testing accommodations, and goals organized


Being an organized teacher can be challenging, being an organized special education teacher is next to impossible. In addition to the traditional paperwork that starts a school year, there are program modifications, testing accommodations, goals, and data, data, data. As a first, or tenth year teacher the amount of stuff to track can seem overwhelming, especially at the beginning of the year.

Bringing Math into the Digital Age with EquatIO




Math teachers, are you feeling left out of the huge digital boom in the classroom? Are you looking for new ways to add technology into your lesson but can’t find a way around including equations and math symbols into your lesson? Do you have students with 1:1 digital devices that you don’t know how to reach? I think I may have solved all your problems! Enter. EquatIO


Helping Struggling Learners Feel Successful in Your Classroom

how to compensate for varied reading levels in your classroom


Have you ever felt that you had the perfect lesson set up and ready to go until you realized that it would be difficult for the struggling readers in your classroom?

       Unfortunately, as students age, the reading discrepancy in the classroom grows. Some students may have additional reading services to compensate for this, but it can still be problematic when trying to engage students in whole class lessons in the classroom.

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