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...but I’m here to help you make it easier. My name is Rachael Hull, and over the past 20 years in the classroom, I have learned how to use digital resources in my small groups and centers. Here at “Teaching Firsties” I’m going to share what works and what doesn’t work so you can set up your classroom centers easily and seamlessly.
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I’d love to help you set up literacy and math centers with a blend of both traditional tasks and digital resources.

"Teaching Firsties with Mrs. Hull has given me the freedom to be more creative with the ideas I use in my own classroom. "

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Digital Platforms: Seesaw, ClassDojo, Remind, and Class Tag

You probably knew your future teaching-self would utilize technology in your classroom, but I don’t think anyone could imagine the pandemic of 2020. As I’m writing this, nobody really knows what returning to school in the fall will look like. What we do know is that we are going to need technology more than ever

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How To Have Literacy Stations With Social Distancing

Oh boy. The amount of questions I have running through my head right now. I think we’re all mourning the prospect of our upcoming school year being so vastly different. I’m a first grade teacher, and my favorite part of the day is guided reading and literacy stations. How on earth is this going to happen?

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Digital Resources Don’t Have To Be Intimidating!

If you think these things were said by critics of elementary students using digital resources in the classroom, you’d be right. But every one of these quotes was also said by ME. I was hesitant to incorporate a lot of digital resources into my classroom because I was worried I was going to be a

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Screencasting 101 For Teachers

Did you ever think you’d be sharing your screen giving tutorials so much? Or at all? I’m pretty techy, but I didn’t even know that I COULD share my screen and take a recording of it until a couple months ago. I suppose I’ve watched enough webinars that I knew that’s how they did it,

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Edpuzzle Tutorial For Elementary Teachers

I will admit, I’m easily impressed with technology. The amount of cool things we can do now is something that I geek out over. In college, thousands of years ago, we learned that using technology meant showing your students how to find information on microfiche. If you don’t know what microfishe is, Google it. It’s

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What Is Flipgrid?

During e-learning, my stepdaughter had a Flipgrid assignment where she had to record an expository video with three steps. I told her that perhaps she could choose “Doing Your Laundry” as a topic. (Which I thought was HILARIOUS, by the way… and surprisingly not the project she chose…but I digress…) So as I was looking

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Use Boom Cards To Improve Student Engagement!

Do you know the point of the year where your fun and interactive lessons are starting to become a hassle? The kids aren’t as motivated, you’re tired of looking at the same things, and let’s face it, you need a change. I know you know what I’m talking about. For me, this was my spelling

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