I have finished teaching my second week of first grade! First grade has been such a huge change from third grade. I was pretty shocked at the difference, even though I knew that, going in. The kids need much more assistance throughout the day with things that third graders can do independently, like shoe tying…… Continue reading Roll and Read Sight Words
I can’t believe that I only have three weeks of summer vacation left! I am really excited to get back into the classroom and working with my new little ones, but am also so nervous about the grade switch! Going from third grade to first grade is going to be quite the adjustment, but I’m…… Continue reading Making Word Work Powerful – and Fun!
What is Kahoot? I was completely unaware of Kahoot and had never even heard of it until a few weeks ago. My school district had a training, and the keynote speaker introduced us to this incredible website, even letting us use it. Kahoot is a free website that allows you to create learning activities for any subject…… Continue reading Making Learning Awesome with Kahoot!
I love to use centers for my language arts instruction. Based on my current schedule, I can really only fit them in once a week. Instead of giving the kids worksheets or having them complete a workbook page, I try to incorporate fun, learning activities into our centers. I was browsing Pinterest (I know, I completely have…… Continue reading How To Use Games with Language Arts
I’ve been so slow at posting lately, and I’m so sorry! I’ve been crazy busy with school starting back up and new programs being implemented at our elementary school, along with working on my thesis and wrapping up my masters program. More on my thesis and capstone project, an action research project taking place in…… Continue reading Spelling Battleship
Many of you are (most likely) familiar with the children and family game, Hedbanz. This game has a set of cards and plastic headbands, with a slot for the card. Players pick a card and insert it into the slot. They then have to guess what their card is through questioning the other players. You’re probably…… Continue reading Hedbanz Vocabulary
Within my school district, we use Journeys language arts curriculum. Although I really like our program, it covers a TON of material each week. So much so that sometimes I’m worried about my students being able to retain it all. Rather than give my kids worksheets and busy work to check their understanding, I found a…… Continue reading Classroom Jeopardy
I’m just about as excited as my students for our spring break to start tomorrow. My kids have been informing me of their plans for our days off, and I have my own fun plans as well! Although I want my students to have a blast during their break, I also want them to keep…… Continue reading Spring Break BINGO
While I was a long-term substitute teacher for a third grade classroom in Logan, Utah, I gained so many amazing and useful resources from the teacher I was temporarily replacing for maternity leave. She told me about a math resource, Prodigy, that she used with her students. I had seen the students playing the game…… Continue reading Prodigy
I recently read through a blog post written by Stacey Lloyd on engaging students in the first few minutes of your lessons. As a teacher, especially being new, I have been taking in any and all advice that will help me improve in my own classroom. Student engagement is crucial in your lessons. If students…… Continue reading Student Engagement