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Use Epic For Reading Comprehension And Keep Virtual Learning Boredom At Bay

This app was a lifesaver. I don’t know how I would have survived virtual learning without it. Using Epic for reading comprehension strategies was the …

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How To Make Your Spelling Activities Fun With Emojis

Do you remember the Emoji movie? I never saw it, but I remember how popular emojis were. Around this time, I was making my first …

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How To Effectively Use Fun Printable Bookmarks For Improved Reading Comprehension

I have never met a student who didn’t love bookmarks. You bust out a set of printable bookmarks and you’re going to see some excitement …

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7 Fun Sequencing Activities Your Students Need For Virtual Learning

When it comes to sequencing activities, the more interactive the better! You’re going to want your kiddos to understand the importance of putting things in …

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5 Easy Ways To Teach Capitalization Rules That Won’t Leave You In Tears

Why Is It So Hard To Teach Capital Letters? I love to teach writing! The kids get so excited when they can sit in the …

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How To Use A Literacy Stations Planner To Organize Your Small Groups

Hi friends! I’m so excited to share this with you! This is a year in the making, and I’m giving it out to you FOR …

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Spelling Stations

Using Digital Resources For Your Phonics Stations

Can we just take a moment to thank my blue and red ABC magnets for their many years of use at my independent phonics station? …

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Technology

How To Train Your Students On Devices During Virtual Learning

Usually, you would break out your classroom devices slowly, modeling for your students how to properly care for them and what your expectations are. Oh how …

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Technology

You Can Still Do Guided Reading Virtually!

So in 2020, your students can’t sit elbow-elbow-knee-knee anymore. Time to get creative because now more than ever, our kiddos need social interaction. So it’s …

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Technology

Is The Q Ball On Shark Tank Worth The Investment?

One Christmas, my husband Eric bought me a Q Ball for my classroom. We had just seen the Q Ball on Shark Tank, and I …

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Technology

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 …

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Technology

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 …

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Rachael's Story

Rachael has over twenty-two years of classroom experience and is the go-to girl for all things digital! She has been lead presenter at the NCTM Council of Mathematics, several Purdue conferences, and has been featured on Kayse Morris’ Teacher TV, and Marissa Rehder’s Teacher Haven Membership. 

Teaching Firsties with Mrs. Hull

Teaching literacy and facilitating literacy stations has been a passion of Rachael's and she wants to help you gain the confidence to use technology in your classroom! Rachael's blog, Teaching Firsties blends literacy and technology with helpful articles for K-2 educators.

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