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Using iPods as Listening Centers

Like many others, I’ve used Listening Centers in my classroom for years.  Not only is listening to a fluent model an important part of a balanced literacy program, it is also one of the few times you can get a first grader to be quiet!

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Student Shout Outs

We all love being recognized for our accomplishments and children are no exception! In the corner of my classroom, I have a Student Shout Out bucket. Each year I have a discussion on the importance of recognizing outstanding friends in an anonymous way. We discuss

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Growing Leprechaun Hair

St. Patrick’s Day is hands-down my favorite holiday of the year! I love building the excitement of the sneaky leprechaun as soon as March begins! One of my favorite activities is to grow leprechaun hair! It’s such a simple activity. You just add dirt, grass

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Math Games Galore FREEBIES!

Math can be fun! Playing games has changed our math routine! This week I’ve been furiously working to set up my Math Games Galore.  Our school uses Everyday Math.  One drawback is the pacing of the lessons.  Some will take minutes to complete, while others

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Hello! Hello!

Hello everyone! So after many months of following lots of AMAZING blogs, I’ve decided to create my very own! I have been inspired by so many wonderful teachers and hope that maybe I can inspire others by sharing a little of my own classroom with

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