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January 23, 2019

I work with a lot of different teachers across grade levels and the first question I love to ask when planning a lesson with another educator is, how will your students be engaged in the learning? So often we are consumed with the “what” and making sure students are getting all of the information th...

June 23, 2018

Over the past couple of months I have been interacting with many teachers who are asking about makerspaces. Educators, administrators, students, and parents are hearing the terms ‘makerspace’ and ‘makers’ more and more and wondering exactly what that means as well as how it impacts the learning envi...

February 10, 2018

2018 is off to a quick start and the first month has already passed. Jason and I spent some time in January catching up on the state of edtech around the nation and found some disheartening results. We know studies and stories alone do not tell the entire truth but we wanted to take the time to high...

December 24, 2017

Do you struggle with the same students participating in every lesson? Do you want students to have an outlet for sharing ideas and collaborating? Padlet is a great tool to create a “wall” where students are able to respond to topics, prompts, and/or questions. The site allows for total class partici...

October 25, 2017

Flipgrid is definitely one of my new web tool obsessions for the classroom! It is so engaging for ALL students and you can create a free account. So what exactly is Flipgrid? How can you use it in your classroom? Let me share some info about my new edtech love!

What is Flipgrid?

Flipgrid is a platform...

June 13, 2017

I have used SignUpGenius now for multiple purposes both as an educator and personally! It is easy to use and helps to organize an event. The basic purpose of the website is for multiple people to sign-up for an event through the sharing of one link. It removes the need for paper-pencil forms and als...

March 21, 2017

I love offering my students access to as many books as possible. In my classroom, I have a very large classroom library that the students are welcome to check-out and take home. We also are fortunate to have a school library that has thousands of books for students to choose from. However, I have fo...

March 15, 2017

In third grade one of the biggest mathematical goals is for students to master their multiplication and division basic facts within 100. No problem, right? Wrong! This is a big demand and students must not only know how to solve basic problems such as 7 x 3 = ? but they are also expected to solve pr...

January 22, 2017

As I said in a previous blog Fractions in Third Grade, fractions are an abstract concept. I always start with concrete learning so that students can start to explore concepts and build learning through their own discoveries rather than teacher-driven instruction. 

At this point in the third grade lea...

January 17, 2017

I’m going to be honest, the first time I saw some of the “new methods” for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions I was utterly confused. I kept thinking to myself, you have to do what? What happened to simply keeping the first fraction the same, change the division symbol to multi...

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