Emily Collins

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Recent Posts by Emily

Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:34 PM in STEM from an ELAR Teacher Perspective
I can completely understand how you're feeling! I have developed a routine with my STEM activities that helps me keep my ELAR standards there. First, I read a book or a passage to my students and we identify a problem that needs to be solved within the story or information. That kick starts our engineering design process. From there the students decide what materials they think they may need. I g...

Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:26 PM in Fine motor skills
Hi!  Great fine motor skills are so important for our learners and I am glad you are valuing that!  Here are a few things that have helped mine! Using jumbo tweezers during sorting activities or letter mats making directed pipe cleaner animals the twisting and bending really works those muscles lacing cards  I put the lacing cards and tweezers in station activities so that...

Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:08 PM in Hosting a Student Teacher
Calling all fresh teachers! I will be a mentor teacher in the spring. I am very excited about helping a student teacher finish out their journey on a strong positive note. For those who just finished, or are currently experiencing being a student teacher what can I do to help my mentee have great experience? Is there anything that you have found to be extremely helpful or anything that has bee...





Recent Reviews by Emily


Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:00 PM
5 More than just Repeated Exposure!
I was very impressed with the techniques used in this article to support vocabulary development. The use of accurate vocabulary and terms even in young classrooms, should be encouraged, but can be intimidating if the only instructional tool utilized is reviewing the definition. The use of storybooks to introduce different animals was a great tie to literacy. Many learning styles were used, Kinesthetic with the “fin dance”, visual with the pictures and auditory with discussions. All students had the opportunity to use the words they were learning authentically rather than just listing the meaning. The technology integration in the assessment piece was a great tool. I liked that teachers could develop different types of questions so that non-readers or even ELLs could show their understanding. I will definitely be applying some of these techniques in my classroom.