Teaching

Enhancing Instruction with ReadWorks

I have been experimenting with a new approach to my reading instruction and journals for the past couple of months. Our reading curriculum, while being great for introducing fun, simple fiction stories to my first graders, is seriously lacking in its use of nonfiction. I have realized in my three short years as a teacher…… Continue reading Enhancing Instruction with ReadWorks

Cooking

Cajun Shrimp and Corn Chowder

I haven’t posted anything in weeks, so I apologize! We have been out of the country for a while on a cruise, which was so much fun!! We went to Grand Turk, St. Kitt’s, Puerto Rico, and St. Maarten. I loved each stop, but I think Puerto Rico was my very favorite. It is so…… Continue reading Cajun Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Teaching

Zearn Math

I have recently discovered a new math program that I’ve been using daily in my classroom. I actually changed up my math instruction entirely to accommodate using the program during math. Instead of using whole-group math instruction, I am doing twenty-minute centers every day. One center is Zearn math on our Chromebooks, one is small-group…… Continue reading Zearn Math

Baking · Cooking · Desserts

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Pie

PI DAY! Also known as “Pie Day!”  🙂 I had seen this recipe on my Facebook news feed and really wanted to try it out. I’m definitely a novice baker, and really want to become better at it. This recipe looked delicious, and had a fun twist on a traditional pie crust. First, you’ll need…… Continue reading Cinnamon Swirl Apple Pie

Teaching

When I Am 100 Years Old…

Our 100th day of school was a couple of weeks ago, and I had seen the cutest writing activity from a college friend and amazing educator, Alison Daugs, to celebrate. She let me in on how she made it happen, and I jumped on the opportunity to use it with my own students as the day…… Continue reading When I Am 100 Years Old…

Cooking

Homemade Barbecue Teriyaki Jerky

My parents gave Chris a food dehydrator for Christmas, and we have been using it a ton! With the dehydrator itself, my mom ordered extra trays, mesh screens for veggies and fruits, along with fruit roll sheets. We haven’t branched out with fruits or veggies yet, but we HAVE  been making jerky. And lots of it!…… Continue reading Homemade Barbecue Teriyaki Jerky

Baking · Cooking · Desserts

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Every Valentine’s Day, I like to make a delicious dessert for both Chris and I to enjoy. This year, I decided I wanted to make chocolate lava cake. I hadn’t had any for years, and when I was looking up recipes, it jumped out at me and stuck. I had made this recipe before, and…… Continue reading Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake