Helen Martinez

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Recent Posts by Helen

Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:59 PM in How to Motivate
I've been teaching for 19 years and, unfortunately, there's no one right answer.  I'd suggest that you start off with something simple that all students can get involved in as a way to encourage team work.  I usually start the year off with The Marshmallow Challenge (teams build a tower out of spaghetti sticks and tape that supports a full-size marshmallow) as a way to get them talking to each ot...

Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:50 PM in Making Time for Science
Hi Lauren.  I teach at an upper elementary school and many teachers are grouped math/science and ELA/social studies.  As a math/science teacher, I have had to discipline myself to make time for science because its so easy to "borrow" that time for math.  One of the most effective ways that I've found to "fix" the problem is to do science before math.  I also plan carefully and make the most of th...