Robots make great pets! We love using robots in our 1st grade classroom. I started integrating robots into the classroom in 2015 and haven't looked back. Currently we use Blue Bots and Wonder Workshop's Dot and Dash robots in order to enhance our 21st century learning (more on that topic later). When they're not in … Continue reading Looking for an Easy to Care for Class Pet? Try Robots!
If You Clean It, Spring Will Come Its worth a shot right? If you're anything like me March hits and you are READY for spring. Especially if you live in Minnesota like I do (I'm so over you winter). I'll be the first to admit that by this time of year cabin fever has fully … Continue reading 28 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge!
Who isn't tire of these old chairs? They're uncomfortable, they're loud and they break if you look at them cross eyed. Flexible seating has proven to be successful in elementary classrooms across the world, there is usually just one main problem. Money. Convincing unwilling admin aside, many of us just don't have the funds available … Continue reading Click Here for Flexible Seating ideas on a Budget
A Taste of the Old World There is nothing better than a filling meal of hot stew on a cold winters day. Being that I live in Minnesota we certainly get plenty of stew opportunities! Today I decided to make a family favorite recipe, one that has been passed down through generations, Goulash. You can … Continue reading Grandma’s Goulash
Confession: I love graphic tees For as long as I can remember I have loved a good graphic tee. I'm going to assume that my obsession started here... around the age of 8. Getting your face transferred onto a t-shirt at Adventureland was like a right of passage for any child growing up on Long Island … Continue reading Teacher Tees You Need to Check Out
Why do I teach my students to code? Simply put, because it is my job to engage, inspire and prepare my students for their future. With the rate at which technology is moving, it is very likely that the jobs my students will be looking at have yet to be created. Only one thing is certain- … Continue reading Why I Teach Coding
So its the first day of school and you want your students to do some reading. You send them carefully over to your beautifully organized classroom library (that you no doubt spent several ulcer inducing hours on this summer) and within a matter of minutes it's destroyed and you're fighting back tears (and maybe some … Continue reading Save Your Classroom Library and Your Sanity
It is of utmost importance that we are creating a classroom environment that ALL our students feel welcome, supported, accepted, safe, cared for, comfortable, and engaged. This starts with our classroom environment. Use the hashtag #OURclassroom2017 on social media to provide the teaching community with examples of how you are being purposeful and mindful when … Continue reading Who Are You Creating A Classroom For?
By now you may have heard a little bit about Culturally Responsive Teaching... but if you haven't feel free to check out this post. Getting started can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task. Like it's "one more thing" to be doing in your classroom. I get it, I've been there along with my colleagues. … Continue reading Looking to Get Started With Culturally Responsive Teaching?
While it should not be news to any educator, students thrive best in a positive learning environment that is inviting and welcoming both physically and psychologically. The issue goes back to our own cultural experiences and how we (most of the time) unknowingly project them into our classroom setting. What the teacher may view as … Continue reading Is Your Clipart Culturally Responsive?