Chantel Smith

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Recent Posts by Chantel

Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:43 PM in Genius Hour
I am trying to get genius hour up and running. The obstacles that I'm running into are that I only have 40 minutes on Fridays, and I'm finding that 2-3 Fridays each month are taken up with surprise assemblies. How much research did your kiddos do before launching into their own project? It looks like quite a bit of your students' work is out of class if they are visiting butcher shops and baking. ...

Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:33 PM in STEAM in an ELA classroom
I am teaching at a STEM school (this is the second year of transitioning to be a STEM school), but I teach reading this year rather than having a self-contained classroom. The program, new this year, is a pretty scripted program and "requires" about 50 minutes more time each day than I have with my students. I am looking for ideas as to how to create a STEAM reading classroom. Is simply working on...