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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.
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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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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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Yes! You Can Use Google Classroom In First Grade!

To me, Google Classroom was something that my teenagers used for their classwork, and not something I’d dream of using with my first grade students. Enter Covid-19. All of a sudden, I knew I’d better come up with a plan and quick! Here is the fifth post on the Best Classroom apps you can use

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Classkick: A Review From A First Grade Teacher

In this third part of a blog series on the best classroom apps, let’s look at the Classkick app. Classkick started in 2013, but really has come to the forefront this past year.  My hope is after this, you’ll know if Classkick is right for you and your students. What does Classkick for teachers look

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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

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