It’s May. Need quiet calm? 4 Go-To’s

You are in the trenches now, educators! All of your training has brought you to this very moment: 2 weeks from the end of the year. Prayerfully, all the main concepts have been covered, parents talked to, and routines established. But now, you are a lion tamer for 9.5 days of school. Now, before you…

Making YouTube Videos Safer for Classroom

Are you irritated with YouTube’s adds, auto play of next video, and the videos (of questionable levels of appropriateness) visible along the side? As I have discussed in previous posts, I use videos e-mailed to my students and on my Promethean board for research purposes. Especially in my Brazil unit, some of those frustrations listed…

Minecraft Day

Video Blog on Minecraft Day! https://showbox.com/workspace2.html#dashboard In literacy there is so much to do with Minecraft: -Build words by putting letters on colored squares -Write adventure stories -Ask students how to build a house in their world (process and informative writing) -Have students build on “Minecraft building paper” (graph paper) to unlock thinking before writing a…

Digital Storytelling

Have you ever had a student who had trouble getting those wonderful tales and stories on paper? They speak with so much vibrancy, but, on paper the child seems stunted. Or, have you had the student who is so unmotivated to write that you feel cruel and mean every day you fight them? These forms…

Guest Poster: iPads in Kindergarten

Miss Fritz has been an early childhood teacher for nearly 10 years. Today’s post details her initial reservations and her joys about her favorite of the technology in her classroom. “Let me start by saying I am far from an expert. This was my first year with iPads in my classroom.  I was admittedly skeptical about one-to-one devices…

iPiccy.com

A whole blog devoted to one glorious resource. Dear Reader, This is my favorite website for editing personal photos, creating bookmarks for children, having fun with scrapbooks and so much more. Please explore this website to create! Parents often get tired of seeing letters and newsletters. Take 2 minutes to copy information into a fun…

Rain Forest Research Lesson (2nd Grade)

If only I had a Magic School Bus like my inspiration teacher, the Friz… I love to take my children to the world of the Amazon rain forest and Brazil each year – no passports required. Using many library books, my books and posters, and web links to videos, pages and Skype, 2nd grade travels…

2nd Grade Tested Tech

This 2nd grade teacher has spent 4 years watching 7 and 8-year-old students grow in their knowledge and understanding of the world. (Well, I suppose 5 years… but when you are 7 and 8 yourself, some of the wonder and mystery is lost on you.) Through a TEC21 workshop series, I was able to expand…