Teacher Week - Favorite Subject

I'm kind of sad that the week is over and that this will be the last time I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week 2015. This challenge has really given me a chance to get back into gear. To reflect. To share. To learn about other teachers. To find some great blogs to follow.

But the day has come.
Today's topic is to share what my favorite subject is to teach and why.

Uh, this is a no-brainer for me...
My favorite subject to teach?
STEM!!!
iTeachSTEM
What (seriously) could be better?
I mean, think about it...

If you say reading is your favorite subject to teach...
iTeachReading
Students are given close reading passages that we work to pull apart and understand together.
Students are required to find the main idea and use text features when reading a passage from their books.
Students are challenged to answer questions using text-based evidence.
Students use their reading skills to become experts on a specific subject then summarize what they have learned to teach their classmates.



If you prefer teaching students to be proficient writers, don't feel left out!
iTeachWriting
Students are given prompts to which they must respond in writing.
And I don't mean a sentence or two.
Students last year wrote an opinion piece about whether or not they would be interested in being a part of the MarsOne mission. They had to read, research, brainstorm ideas, organize their notes and ideas, and ultimately write a paper about their choice, citing examples to support their opinion.

Is your favorite subject to teach math?
iTeachMath
As I tell my students ALL THE TIME:
STEMMMMMMMMMM includes an "M" for math!
There are days when I find myself getting so excited about teaching students a different strategy for dividing decimal numbers (because we need to find the averages of our data from an investigation) that I almost forget I'm not the dedicated math teacher for fifth grade.
My favorite is when my students have these "ah-ha moments" when they realize that something they have been learning in math class is actually useful in my class to!
Go figure, right?

Maybe your favorite subject to teach is language.
iTeachLanguage
Especially when I am introducing vocabulary terms.
Last week we were defining unicellular, multicellular, microscope, and organelle.
We highlighted the prefixes and root words of each term and then also highlighted the "clues" in the definition.
Students come up with analogies to help them remember the meaning of words or processes in science.
Students have to use language to communicate their ideas, questions, and results on a daily basis.
Students can't get away with answering a question using one or two words. They have to use complete sentences to justify their thinking.
Students actually catch my punctuation errors when I am writing notes on the board.
Fun times!

If social studies is really your "thing", don't despair.
iTeachSocialStudies
Students make connections to the topics from social studies when we learn about various technological innovations. They talk about the inventions that really made a difference in the early 1900s. They consider the social and ethical implications of solutions they come up with during a STEM challenge. They analyze maps and historical data to draw conclusions or make predictions.

Don't worry. I haven't forgotten the related arts!
iTeachArt
iTeachMusic
iTeachTechnology
iTeachPhysicalEducation
iTeachCharacterEducation
How?
Through integration of these subjects in activities and simulations.
Students draw and label plans, color code diagrams, create various types of foldables, and present their results using different types of media.
Students sing songs about science concepts to help them remember what they are learning. (Currently I can't stop singing the Cell Rap - even when I am trying to fall asleep at night.)
Students use computers, laptops, iPads, cameras, Vernier probes, timers, digital scales, calculators, thermometers, websites, apps, and more when collecting data, presenting their ideas, researching possible solutions, and turning in homework.
Students use fine and gross motor coordination as well as their minds while acting out molecules, simulating predator-prey relationships, learning about camouflage, and more.
Students are given opportunities to work in groups, discuss ideas using accountable talk, respect the ideas of others, be honest, be responsible, be fair, be cooperative, and display integrity as they collaborate with others during STEM challenges.

And finally, if you'd rather teach science over any other subject...
iTeachScience
STEM is a way of teaching science by integrating it with other content areas.
Students still learn about and utilize the steps of the scientific method.
Students make decisions about variables in order to ensure a fair test.
Students actively engage with science content on various levels.
Students use steps of the engineering design process when solving real world problems.
Students add notes to their interactive notebooks to help them remember the more complicated information that quite honestly might not be easy to grasp.

I guess I just love teaching.
And I'm lucky enough to be the one who teaches STEM by integrating all the other subjects on a daily basis.  
#iTeachSTEM  


2 comments

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog!! So glad to have found yours!! This is a great resource for me!! Have a great year!!

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