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

My Journey to Straight Teeth: Week 1 with SmileLove

All opinions in this blog are 100% truthful and my own.  I am now done with SmileLove!  Click here to see my results. For as long as I can remember, I've disliked my teeth.  My bottom teeth are severely crowded/crooked, and my top aren't much better.  How they are arranged also leads to my slight overbite … Continue reading My Journey to Straight Teeth: Week 1 with SmileLove

Math Stations: My Four Round Approach

My students beg for math stations. Seriously. And the best part? I am still able to sanely work with a small group and collect meaningful data from other stations!  IT'S POSSIBLE. When I first began teaching fourth grade, I felt finding a meaningful student-led station system was difficult.  A lot of the resources and blogs were geared towards lower … Continue reading Math Stations: My Four Round Approach