Teaching isn't easy...

...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.

"Technology will not replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational."
George Couros

Something about me

My husband and I have six children, a sweet golden retriever named Mollie, and a cuddly cat named Roo.
When I’m not teaching, I am traveling to the upper peninsula of Michigan, scuba diving in Cozumel, or fussing with my houseplants. I seem to always find room for more!

How can I help you?

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. "

Recent writing

What is Interactive Writing?


Teaching an interactive writing lesson is a versatile way to differentiate and review past literacy skills. This method differs from modeled or shared writing in that the students write on the paper with the teacher. Since the students do the writing, they will take ownership of the text and as a result, they will both…

What is Close Reading?


Close reading is exactly as it sounds. It’s reading closely. Students will spend several days on one text, looking at the words the author uses and discussing the text’s meaning. This method of digging deeper into the text will prepare your students for independent analysis of a passage. A close reading definition by the website “We…

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