Catherine Tang's Writing

Catherine Tang's Writing

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Redesigning Schools

As was reflected in my posts, I spent quite a bit of time over the March Break reflecting on the notion of school. I was really interested to see what my students thought, so yesterday morning, after some post-break catch up, I invited them into the conversation. We...

Books to Read

Like many others out there, I have an immensely long list of books that I would like to read. Some of them are professional, others are purely for pleasure, and still others are to grow my knowledge in areas of interest. One of my goals during this break was to finish...

Getting outside

It seems March Break has given me lots of time to ponder our school system and the pros and cons of what it currently looks like. As I was on a walk today in the woods behind our subdivision (yes, that may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but I assure you there are...

Play and Creativity

While at the library today, I picked up a book called "made to play!", which was chockfull of ideas for handmade toys and crafts. Growing up, I loved designing, creating, and making. I loved pom poms and pipe cleaners, glitter glue and art kits. Our family didn't...

Fractions

One of my goals for this March Break was to plan out our upcoming fractions unit, which I talked about in a previous post. To prepare, I brought home my folder full of activities from years past, but neglected to bring back some of the other math resources that I...

Plans for the Break

Just a short post today about some of my plans over the break. Many outside of our profession complain about the lengthy breaks we get as teachers. But I've always thought of these breaks as somewhat necessary to help keep me fresh and effective as a teacher. Over the...

Homework

I was listening to a podcast today on homework. Homework can be a bit of a hot topic, with people expressing strong views for either side. However, despite many conversations, I'm still not entirely sure where I stand. I truly want to protect home time as family time,...

For the Love of Words

Proper spelling and a good understanding of parts of words helps us to make sense of what unfamiliar words may mean. Reflecting on my own classroom, we haven’t spent much time on word work. That’s something I’d like to change.

The Ups and Downs of Tech

We live in an age of seemingly constant connection, in a time when technology is never out of reach. The truth of the matter is that technology has opened up a whole new world to us. With it, we are able to do things that we never could have dreamed of doing in the...