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Teaching is the Hardest Job I’ve Ever Had

Something has been weighing on my mind lately. After chatting with a former coworker yesterday and participating in an inspiring #miched chat about teachers as writers, I felt the need to share. I have a confession to make. I left the classroom… again. And I’m not proud of it.  The decision was one for my […]

Evolution of My Reading Instruction

I have moved into teaching 5th grade this year after many years teaching the primary grades. In trying to move away from using reading comprehension worksheets and Accelerated Reader quizzes during reading instruction, I have been putting a lot of thought into how to structure reading instruction and assess student performance as readers. As I […]

Creating Passionate Learners and Teaching Like a Pirate

I was lucky enough to attend Google Fest this week in Lansing – thank you to my district for sending me! The keynote speaker was Pernille Ripp, and I was so energized to try some new things in my classroom after hearing her speak. (You should definitely check out her website for some great ideas […]

Synonym and Antonym Centers

It’s been a while since my last post on here, which is partly due to my laziness but also due to my decision to return to the classroom.  I am back as an elementary teacher and loving it!  I have created a couple resources for my ELA/Reading class and wanted to share them here.  Both […]

Edtech Resource of the Week

I was having fun with digital storytelling this week, and wanted to share a resource for creating 3D pop-up books, Zooburst.  This is a great website for elementary aged students to express their creativity through storytelling.  Check out an example story below – be sure to check it out in fullscreen. Taking it a step […]

Bridging the Educational Gaps

For the past several months, I have been determined to begin blogging again, but have continually run into excuses (some genuine, others… I was just being lazy.)  Tonight, I will finally cross this off of my to-do list! It took me a while to decide on a theme for the blog.  Those of you who […]