I have a confession. I love making digital anchor charts on the google slides app better than paper anchor charts in the classroom! The good old-fashioned paper charts are great, but the problem is that my classroom is super small, and so my posters need to be shrunk to fit my skinny cabinet doors. So
About six years ago, one of my sweetest students ever stood up from my listening center with her headphones still attached and started walking away. The poor girl was horrified when my huge clunky CD/tape deck combo clattered to the ground and broke. I had been looking for a reason to find online stories for
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 vital to still have the theory of partner work or small groups, even if we’re not able to gather at the kidney table or the rug. What Platforms Should I
Who knew that we are starting the school year of 2020 needing to teach with video! In March, when we were sent home, I really thought we’d return in August like normal, kids sitting together, hugs for everyone. But now we all are doing some kind of hybrid-virtual voodoo teaching and although NOBODY likes it,
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 I miss the pre-Covid world. Now, we are virtual learning. Which has a million different synonyms. E-learning, distance learning, whatever you want to call it… teachers are struggling to maintain
If you haven’t caught on, I love my literacy stations. My favorite center is my poetry station. I am a sucker for good children’s poems and I love to incorporate poetry into any literacy lesson that I can. But my usual poetry station has a shared binder with poems in them that each student touches.
Hi friends! I’m going to admit something to you. Something that I don’t know. It’s hard to admit in such a public forum like this that I don’t know something, but here goes. I’ve never been really good at having a writing center in my classroom. But just because I don’t feel skilled with a writing
Can we just take a moment to thank my red and blue ABC magnets for their many years of use at my spelling centers? I’m going to talk about really using letter magnets for word work activities in another blog post. Today, I want to talk about all the fun your students can have with
Well, friends, here we are. Some of you might be teaching virtually, and some might be in your classroom with strict social distancing guidelines. We have so many problems and hurdles to overcome, but I’m here to help you find a solution for one of them: Your reading comprehension stations. Can I Still Have A
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?