Character Analysis: Popplet & Tellagami

Character Analysis: Popplet & Tellagami

Anyone a huge fan of a children’s novel in which a dog does NOT die? Count me in.  Especially if that book touches on heart issues and allows students to engage in conversations on internal and external conflict.  If you haven’t read Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo with your class, it is a fantastic … Continue reading

Setting Up iPad Security For Classrooms

Setting Up iPad Security For Classrooms

Now that I am independently setting up a classroom environment with technology, I need to ensure that students are safely able to use the devices within the room.  In the past, the school district was in charge of pushing apps and setting up restrictions on iPads and the internet. When starting out without a tech … Continue reading

GoFundMe FUNDED

I have been blessed beyond measure to have my GoFundMe fully funded!  My anonymous donors are and have been my been my biggest supporters all my life, and I am lucky they believe in me enough to fund 6 iPads for the upcoming school year. Going forward, if you are so inclined to give $5, … Continue reading

The Big Leap

The Big Leap

In the fall I am making a huge transition in my life that I definitely did not see coming.  In August I will begin teaching 5th grade English Language Arts at a private school in Mount Pleasant.  I am excited to make this transition, and I know God has big plans for my family. However, … Continue reading

Wrinkle In Time Reading Comprehension

Wrinkle In Time Reading Comprehension

We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” ― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time If you have not read Wrinkle In Time and you teach upper-level elementary students, I encourage you to put it on your reading list this school year.  Wrinkle in Time is a great … Continue reading

Reading Intervention with Explain Everything

Reading Intervention with Explain Everything

We have all had students behind on decoding skills: one month behind, two, three, twelve, twenty.  But what do we do when parents struggle with decoding words?  How can we serve children and grow their confidence and fluency when they go home to parents who can’t read the spelling lists either? They say apples don’t … Continue reading