Inside my classroom

April 5, 2018

Seusstastic style

My 1st-grade English as a new language students create rhyme patterns to mimic Dr. Seuss.

March 1, 2018

National Compliment Day

To celebrate National Compliment Day, each student thought of a compliment to write about a friend during our morning meeting.

February 1, 2018

Our classroom 'vent wall'

Creating a safe learning environment is paramount. Providing a ‘vent wall’ is among several things I establish at the beginning of the semester. I introduce ‘vent’ as a vocabulary word.

January 4, 2018

Nonfiction mentor texts

My co-teacher and I created a basket of different kinds of nonfiction mentor texts that we use to teach informational writing to our 2nd-graders.

December 7, 2017

A growth mindset

My students came up with amazing ideas of what people with a growth mindset might say.

November 2, 2017

Mistakes are sweet

This eraser gumball machine is one of my favorite classroom accessories.

October 5, 2017

An observation center filled with treasures

Our observation center is filled with treasures from around the world.

September 7, 2017

Power up and organize

Here is an organizational chart I use to give my students ownership of the space from the first day of school.

July 6, 2017

Putting tired words to rest

Our most over-used words are in these pockets, and writers can select a strip of synonyms to bring back to their seats.

June 1, 2017

Post-it notes as visual aids

The Post-its on the chalkboard consist of annotations my students made during our class reading.

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