• Instruction

    Here We Go: Awesome Sites for Educators

    A new school year begins… preplanning starts officially today, though ‘planning’ has been going on all most of summer.  For me, being organized sets the tone for daily classroom life.  This year, I’m feeling ready! How about you? How much time do you focus on planning or other ‘classroom stuff’…

  • Classroom Life,  Instruction

    Board Games: Tapping into Word Play

    I introduced Word Play Wednesday to my students in early December, a few weeks after my new classes were formed and students transferred in from other Reading classes or from other electives. Finding ways to engage students who were transferred ‘against their will’ proved challenging, but word games helped break the ice. On his very…

  • Learning

    Social Media: Are You Creating or Cringing?

    Technology continues to advance. Students’ learning continues to evolve with technology.  Is your instruction evolving, too?    What do you think when you read the phrase Social Media?  Does it spark your creativity or serve up a hefty helping of uncertainty? Social media wasn’t what it is today when I was still in the classroom full-time. …