Sammi Toia

I received my Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University. I am now enrolled in SDSU's Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program.




San Diego State University

Recent Posts by Sammi

Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:33 PM in Advice for new teachers
I am currently in the process of getting my teaching credential. I am student teaching in a second grade classroom. From what I have learned and observed, the most important thing is communication with your colleagues. My school does biweekly collaborations with the other teachers in our same grades. This is a great way to get ideas from other more experienced teachers. Also, keep everything you d...

Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:28 PM in How to fit science in your schedule
Thank you for posting this. I am also a student teacher and have experienced the same thing. My class only does science once a week for 1 hour. I am struggling to find ways to integrate it into other subjects too, since social studies is mainly integrated into reading and writing. Any help is appreciated!

Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:24 PM in Classroom Management
Make sure that all expectations are laid out prior to beginning the activity. For younger grades, it may be necessary to continuously repeat the expectations throughout the lesson. Always model how to complete the activity prior to starting. This will clear up any confusion students have and show them what is expected. If pairing students, make sure to be conscious of who you are placing together....

Recent Public Collections by Sammi

Structure and Properties of Matter

Topic: Structure and Properties of Matter NGSS 2-PS1-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. NGSS 2-PS1-4: Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heat or cooling can be reversed and some cannot. NGSS 2-PS-A: Different kinds of matter exist and many of them can be either solid or liquid, depending on temperature. Matter can be described and classified by its observational patterns. NGSSS 2-PS-B: Heating or cooling a substance may cause changes that can be observed. Sometimes these changes are reversible and some are not. Explaining Matter with Elements: This interactive article shows visual representations of how atoms and molecules interact in the various forms of matter - solid, liquid, and gas. Science 101: What Causes the Different States of Matter: This article discusses the characteristics of each solid, gas, and liquid and how molecules behave in each state. T