As Mary Tarashuk’s fourth graders took part in the Hour of Code this past December – assuming then switching roles as drivers and navigators in a code writing exercise – she considered how she might play the navigator more often in her own classroom.
Tagged: fourth grade
Teaching students to “think like historians” begins with making connections between past and present, says teacher Mary Tarashuk. As her 4th graders begin the Age of Exploration, she calls on a Tai Chi parent-expert to help bridge ancient and modern times.
As a 4th grade teacher, Mary Tarashuk is responsible for helping her students begin the transition from early to more independent learning. At Back-to-School Night, Tarashuk talked with parents about why kids will benefit from some academic struggle.
Having helped her students visualize scenes and characters during read alouds, Mary Tarashuk tries the same idea with writing. She and her students “write aloud” as they create text to match the opening illustrations from The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Then they envision their own stories.
Mary Tarashuck recalls the holiday Venn diagrams she and her 4th graders organized for the first grade kids and imagines some circles of her own – celebrating her colleagues and her past accomplishments and setting some goals for the future.
4th grade teacher Mary Tarashuk continues to dissect herself using NJ’s teacher self-assessment rubrics. This time: Delivery of Instruction. Spotlight, please.
In her 4th grade classroom, Mary Tarashuk teaches it all. The index cards that helped her grapple with curriculum in her first years may have a different use today.
MiddleWeb’s newest blogger, Mary Tarashuk, will write about “teaching it all” to tweens in fourth and fifth grades. She begins with some personal backstory!
Blogging is essential in Pernille Ripp’s classroom. “It’s a way to check their emotional temperature & for them to talk to the world.” Here’s her 10-step process.
New Jersey fourth grade teacher Mary Tarashuk shares a powerful reflection on tragedy and teachable moments.