Cassandra Olayvar-Barayuga

After 14 years of teaching, I'm still loving it. Witnessing my students improve their writing, reading, and math skills give me so much joy. They're keeping up with read-alouds, where they once couldn't. They're performing multi-digit long division, where they once proclaimed, "I don't know how" or "I can't do it" or "I don't like long division." They're completing Thinking Maps and forming essays. A year ago all they had were fragments of a sentence and merely one sentence or fragment at that. So, yeah, in another life, I'd do it all over again.




Aliamanu Elementary School

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Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:40 AM in Plate Tectonics and need ideas right away!
I found a reading suitable for my special education students from, "Stress and Strain of Life of Rocks". I might use it for one of my lesson plans for this course. I've been working through the reading and pre-, during, and post-reading activities for one week. Now, it's time to assess with a simple quiz. We really dug into it. I'm glad and very proud of them. I'm curious to see...

Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:01 PM in Fun with Flashlights
These are all great examples on how to demonstrate seasons, eclipses, different temperate zones, etc. The materials involved, that you all mentioned, are very accessible, free or very inexpensive. I can always use material I have around the house or my classroom. I look forward to my introductory lesson on the solar system. Thanks!

Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:54 AM in Sun, Earth, and Moon
I first heard of a Promethean Board on a website ( There are posters on the website but I need Promethean Board program to use or even see them. Do you know of any other way to view anything that is a "Promethean Board" program for those who don't have the program (on computer) and board itself? Is it like a Smartboard?