Rachael Hull

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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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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 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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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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Building a Classroom Community

Building a positive learning environment begins before the students arrive on the first day. There are many things to consider about your room as a community. Here are some tips to do at the beginning of the year to get a good foundation for building those relationships with your students. Make your classroom inviting.  It

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Social Emotional Learning

Emotion drives attention, attention drives learning”-Tim Shriver, co-founder and board chair of CASEL The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social emotional learning (SEL) as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships,

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Top 5 Ice Breaker Games for the start of school

Some great ice breaker ideas for the first day of school. When you have a classroom full of nervous, shy, excited, and terrified little faces looking at you and each other, it’s important to build relationships on the first day. Here are five ice breaker games for kids you can use on the first day

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Is a Q-ball worth the investment?

Using a Qball in the classroom Last Christmas, I asked my husband, Eric for a Q-ball for my classroom. It was new on the market, and it looked like something that I would use daily as a tool for teaching. Although I wasn’t sure if it was worth the cost, it’s about the amount we

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