Mary Bauer

Mary J. Bauer is a fifth grade teacher in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. She has been teaching elementary students for twenty-five years. She also blogs at http://artistryofeducation.blogspot.com/

Using Poetry across Content Areas

Using Poetry across Content Areas

Much of learning new content is learning new vocabulary.  I am excited to share with you my secret strategy for getting students to write using these new words: poetry.  Most people think of poems as writing that rhymes, but there are dozens of poetry forms that use different syllables and parts of speech.  Even my

Much of learning new content is learning new vocabulary.  I am excited to share with you my secret strategy for getting students to write using these new words: poetry.  Most people think of poems as writing that rhymes, but there are dozens of poetry forms that use different syllables and parts of speech.  Even my... read more

Three Paperless Entry or Exit Tasks

Three Paperless Entry or Exit Tasks

Entry tasks are short tasks that I use either at the beginning of the day or as transitions from recess or lunch.  They get everybody warmed up for the next activity while I address the inevitable needs that come up at such times. Every year we seem to have to limit our copying budget.  As

Entry tasks are short tasks that I use either at the beginning of the day or as transitions from recess or lunch.  They get everybody warmed up for the next activity while I address the inevitable needs that come up at such times. Every year we seem to have to limit our copying budget.  As... read more

My Family Tradition

My Family Tradition

One year a parent volunteer taught a poetry lesson to my students called “My Unusual Thanksgiving.”  She had students brainstorm a list of what made their Thanksgiving different from others.  She shared how her culturally diverse family celebrated with a mix of traditions. Together we guided the students through the writing process to create a list poem. Over the years,

One year a parent volunteer taught a poetry lesson to my students called “My Unusual Thanksgiving.”  She had students brainstorm a list of what made their Thanksgiving different from others.  She shared how her culturally diverse family celebrated with a mix of traditions. Together we guided the students through the writing process to create a list poem. Over the years,... read more

Color Poems

Color Poems

My favorite way to teach figurative language is by having students read and write poetry.  Even reluctant writers are willing to attempt these short assignments. This year, I taught my Color Poems lesson about similes and metaphors and had my students publish their poems on Kidblog. In my early attempts to teach metaphors and similes,

My favorite way to teach figurative language is by having students read and write poetry.  Even reluctant writers are willing to attempt these short assignments. This year, I taught my Color Poems lesson about similes and metaphors and had my students publish their poems on Kidblog. In my early attempts to teach metaphors and similes,... read more

Teaching Digital Citizenship in a World of Anonymity

Teaching Digital Citizenship in a World of Anonymity

When I first started blogging with my students, I noticed that bad social media habits had slipped into their published posts: disrespectful comments, texting lingo, and silly graphics that didn’t communicate what they were learning in class.  They felt free to express themselves any way they wanted to, hiding behind the mask of the computer

When I first started blogging with my students, I noticed that bad social media habits had slipped into their published posts: disrespectful comments, texting lingo, and silly graphics that didn’t communicate what they were learning in class.  They felt free to express themselves any way they wanted to, hiding behind the mask of the computer... read more

Student Travel Blogs

Student Travel Blogs

I teach in a diverse community where students sometimes travel with their families for events in a different country.  Students would leave throughout the school year for up to a month attending weddings, family functions, or just to vacation.  Although, I want to support family time, it isn’t easy to keep those students up to

I teach in a diverse community where students sometimes travel with their families for events in a different country.  Students would leave throughout the school year for up to a month attending weddings, family functions, or just to vacation.  Although, I want to support family time, it isn’t easy to keep those students up to... read more

Conducting Book Reviews on Kidblog

Conducting Book Reviews on Kidblog

Book recommendations One of my goals for blogging with my students was for them to share book recommendations.  My fifth grade gifted students read a lot, and some are always looking for something new to read.  Once they read a book they love, they now have a place to share it with other students.  They

Book recommendations One of my goals for blogging with my students was for them to share book recommendations.  My fifth grade gifted students read a lot, and some are always looking for something new to read.  Once they read a book they love, they now have a place to share it with other students.  They... read more