A digital take on the traditional get to know me activity Last year was the first time that I had access to my own iPads for the entire year. I had received 10 iPads via a grant the spring prior (making my 2018 classroom 3:1) and knew that I wanted students to get their hands … Continue reading A Back to School Activity with a Tech Twist
I want to shiplap all the things! Seriously though... I know I'm not the only one. For the past few years I have been doing a farmhouse theme in my classroom using galvanized buckets and black elements (bulletin borders, chalkboard, etc). I thought that was time to combine all my favorite elements into one printable … Continue reading Shiplap Farmhouse Decor
Who doesn't love rae dunn? I will be the first to admit that I have a completely irrational appreciation for all things Rae Dunn- specifically with the large text #swoon. I think that as teachers (especially elementary) we are drawn to it because it reminds us of kid writing lol. It can be tough … Continue reading
Not that teachers want or expect to receive gifts at the end of the year... but incase you're inclined to give, check out these 10 end of the year gifts that any teacher would be thrilled to receive!
Give me all the plaid! I'm not sure if it is because I live in northern Minnesota or because it is super "on trend", but I am obsessed with all things plaid. Especially buffalo check plaid! If you know nothing else about me, know that I will sneak in some plaid wherever I can. So … Continue reading Buffalo Plaid Classroom Decor
Rainbow, and chalkboard, and wood oh my! Even though I haven't used it in my own classroom for several years, I can't resist bright rainbow and chalkboard combinations. Every time I see it I swoon (probably more than I should). A few years ago I was asked to design a classroom decor set for a … Continue reading Rustic Rainbow Classroom Decor
I like big weights and i cannot lie... Ok... maybe thats a teeny lie. Big (aka heavy) weights to me are not necessarily what someone else (aka my husband) would consider to be heavy... but to each his own right? The reason I like weights is because I HATE running. I loathe it. Even at … Continue reading Fit Teacher Part 2
Are you in a fitness rut? Do you have a gym membership collecting dust? Do you feel like you don't know which cool new program to try or how to get started? Do you hate they idea of paying a ton of money out of pocket for something you're not sure that you will like? … Continue reading Fit Teacher Part 1
My favorite app this year One of the most exciting additions to my classroom this year has been PicCollage. I love how intuitive it is for my first graders to use and how creative they can get with it! Our classroom is not 1:1 so the ability for multiple students to create and work on … Continue reading What’s Your Favorite App? Here’s Mine!
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!