Did you know the VDOE is required to review the SOLs every seven years? Some years, the review process doesn’t lead to big changes. Other years, the SOLs can undergo significant changes during the review process. In 2018, the science SOLs were reviewed, and the revised standards look quite different from the ones Virginia teachers have become accustomed to. As a curriculum developer, I have ... Read More about 2018 Science SOLs: What You Need to Know
As a Virginia teacher, it can be challenging to find teaching resources and tools aligned to the SOLs! A few years ago, I was scrolling through the App Store, trying to find an SOL-aligned app, and I stumbled upon a gem. The Virginia Standards of Learning app by MasteryConnect has become a go-to app on my phone. In this post, I’ll share how to download and get the most out of the free Virginia SOL ... Read More about Get the Free Virginia SOL App!
When I was a kid, westward expansion was one of my favorite units because of the Oregon Trail computer game. Was that a favorite for you too? I could sit on the computer for hours trying to safely get my family out west without them drowning in a river or catching a deadly disease. As an educator, westward expansion remains one of my favorite U.S. history units, but for entirely different ... Read More about 10 Westward Expansion Lesson Plan Ideas
With more learning taking place remotely and online, teachers are creating more Google Slides presentations than ever before. Lately, I have received so many questions asking how to add audio to Google Slides presentations. Unfortunately, Google does not provide an easy way to do this directly inside of Google Slides, but there are still several options for adding music, narration, and voice over ... Read More about How to Add Audio to Google Slides
I grew up in a military family and have always loved celebrating the Fourth of July. When I was growing up on military bases, there were always big parties with lots of food, friends, and fireworks. Now, as an educator, I love finding ways to celebrate this important American holiday in the classroom. If you find yourself teaching in July, you may be looking for Independence Day activities for ... Read More about Independence Day for Kids in School