Differentiation Using EdTech

Throughout both my undergrad and graduate coursework in education, differentiation was quite the buzzword. Not only did the concept pop up constantly, but almost no differentiation methods that I was exposed to involved educational technology. I could alter worksheets. I could intervene and extend in small groups. But how could I streamline differentiation, enrich students' … Continue reading Differentiation Using EdTech

Quick Tips in Elementary EdTech

I think one of my favorite more recent developments in education is the fact that professional development doesn't have to be expensive. I recently discovered OTIS for Educators--an online professional development platform with hundreds of EdTech PD courses that can earn you PD credits to put towards your licensure renewal or district requirements. The best … Continue reading Quick Tips in Elementary EdTech

Implementing Self-Care and Boundaries as a Teacher

Overworking ourselves has become normalized, but it is not needed. As a first year teacher, I heard the whispers about teachers who walked in and walked out at contract time.  I saw teachers stroll out the doors with tote bags full of ungraded papers. Today, I see teachers framed as martyrs on television as they … Continue reading Implementing Self-Care and Boundaries as a Teacher

Building Relationships in the Virtual Classroom

When most people think of virtual learning, it's not uncommon for images of boredom to come to mind. As educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're being thrust into the world of e-learning headfirst.  It's a daunting world that may seem so different than in-person instruction for a lot of us, but I promise quality connections … Continue reading Building Relationships in the Virtual Classroom

HOW TO: Make Any PDF an Editable Google Classroom Assessment

Distance learning throws us a million curveballs a day, but having to find new resources shouldn't be one of them. Did you know you can use WORKSHEETS you already have?  Making a PDF into an editable Google file is extremely easy. Step 1: Go to a free PDF converter.  I like using this one (it's … Continue reading HOW TO: Make Any PDF an Editable Google Classroom Assessment

Morning Meeting: Creating a Community of Learners

Circle time isn't just for kindergarten anymore. My students start out each day in a large circle getting to know one another through discussions and activities.  Does it take away from my ELA and Math instruction?  Yes.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.  I attended a conference last February and decided last minute to go to a … Continue reading Morning Meeting: Creating a Community of Learners