Teresa Marchant

Teresa M. has been an educator for 17 years. She holds a Masters in Educational Technology with an emphasis in Online Instruction from Montana State University as well as a certificate in School Library Media from the University of Washington. She has been the Professional Development Committee Chair in her school district and served on the board for the Montana Library Association. She loves learning and enjoys helping others!

Recent Posts

Fact vs Fiction: A President's Day Lesson

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Feb 15, 2017 1:14:24 PM

With increased access to information, students need to understand how to select appropriate resources. President’s Day is a great a time to teach about research and the selection process. I teach my students this simple acronym RADCAB!  This helps them to remember criteria for finding information.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Literacy

STEM Integration- Celebrate National Inventor's Day

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Feb 8, 2017 11:49:00 AM

Today we will be discussing STEM and the process of implementing it into your teaching. Many schools are using STEM to enrich their students. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This is not a program that is implemented in schools, but a philosophy based on problem-solving. By doing STEM activities, you are promoting problem-solving skills. These components are vital to teaching 21st century skills that  involve your child's ability to cooperate, collaborate, and communicate. You can build these skills and teach STEM through everyday activities. National Inventor's Day is celebrated on February 11th. We will brainstorm ways to get ready! These activities are meant to be simple, yet exciting to your preschool all the way to your high school students. Students will learn that by working together through their answers it promotes life-long learning and leadership.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Integration Ideas, Technology

28 Ways to Celebrate Reading

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 31, 2017 11:59:00 AM

February is affectionately called "I love to Read" or "Book Lovers" Month. Every day in February can be made special by completing a reading related activity. Here is a list you and your students will LOVE!

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Literacy

Individual Learning Styles

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 25, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Last week we discussed how to incorporate technology into your classroom. This week we will focus specifically on Individual Learning Styles and how technology can meet student needs. Technology allows students to work independently and as educators you need to discover ways meet their various learning styles.  

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Integration Ideas, Technology

Activities for National Opposite Day

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM

I love quirky holidays and celebrations! On January 25th, set your sights on a day filled with National Opposite Day activities. Research done by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock (2001) have created discussions on the benefits of comparing and contrasting. This concept provides the basis for effective instruction. I have included fun activities to boost students reading and writing skills in the classroom for National Opposite Day while still meeting the demands of your standards.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Writing, Technology, Literacy

Learning Styles and Technology

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 18, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Technology can be a great tool for meeting the needs of your learners. Whether you choose to use an individual or group approach to teaching, your students will learn through the use technology if implemented correctly. This post will discuss ways to incorporate technology to meet your students learning needs in both an individual and group learning environment.   

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Technology

High Achieving Students

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 11, 2017 11:45:00 AM

If you are like me, you are in the middle of progress monitoring for your end of quarter comparisons. Do you have students that haven’t progressed at all? If you look closely, some of those students are your “bright” students. So what can you do to help those high achieving students to engage in your classroom?

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Technology, Literacy

National Trivia Day Challenges

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 4, 2017 11:51:00 AM
Celebrate National Trivia Day on January 4th with jokes and riddles. 

Higher level thinking skills can be developed through exposure to jokes and riddles. If you haven't considered them as a teaching tool, you may want to start if your students meet the following criteria.

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Topics: Writing, Literacy

National Technology Day

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 3, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Have you ever heard of National Technology Day? It is a fairly new day of recognition so, if you haven’t heard of it, that is okay! National Technology Day is celebrated in the United States on January 6. A technology company, StoAmigo, that is located in Las Vegas founded this day. They wanted to bring attention to all the new endeavors in technology.  2017 will be the second year of observance. Think about technology for your classroom. Hasn’t it changed greatly over the years? I can still remember using an old-style rollcart projector to teach! Now, I’m lost if my Smartboard is having issues. Think about your students. Children are now very tech-savvy. I see elementary-age students using laptops and tablets better than some adults. The reality is technology is here to stay. It will only grow and improve with each passing year. I suggest you observe National Technology Day with your students as a way to recognize how far technology has come! Here are some tips to do so:

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Technology

What is the Goal of Reading Goals?

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Dec 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Goals, contests and challenges can be a great way to motivate your students. It’s time to ring out the old and ring in the new by setting clear goals or resolutions for your classroom. In this post I will explore some options when implementing reading challenges or contests. These ideas will help to encourage learning and growing all year long. 

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Literacy

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