Close Reading Resources

The idea of a close read isn’t new. It’s been around for a while, but yet there are so many different interpretations of what it actually entails. CCSS came out about 10 years ago, and the idea of close reads blew up! At the end of my post I have a FREE downloadable bundle ofContinue reading “Close Reading Resources”

The Magic of Game Play

You’re all in for a treat today!! My next guest blogger is someone who I’ve followed on Twitter for a couple years now and continue to be inspired by: Tisha Richmond! Tisha is the author of the best-selling book, Make Learning Magical, which unlocks seven keys to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in theContinue reading “The Magic of Game Play”

Elf on the Shelf Classroom Alternative

Ahhh…December 1st…when it’s finally acceptable to blast Christmas music, decorate with as many twinkly lights as possible, and eat your weight in decorated cookies (even though, my Christmas music has been blasting since November 1st)! It’s such a magical time…with one exception…that damn elf. You all know which elf I’m talking about. Now, I amContinue reading “Elf on the Shelf Classroom Alternative”

Back to Basics: 6 Reading Strategies

Our new way of teaching has us going back to basics in a lot of ways. Lessons we used to teach in the classroom are now taking twice as long through a screen. In addition to building relationships with students through Zoom, answering constant emails, and keeping a pulse on our mental health, teachers areContinue reading “Back to Basics: 6 Reading Strategies”

The Power of Twitter

How many of you are on Twitter? 🙋🏻‍♀️ How many of you begrudgingly created your account because your district “recommended” it? 🙋🏻‍♀️ How many of you now find yourself checking it an embarrassing amount during the day?……🙋🏻‍♀️ I’ve had my Twitter account now for about 6ish years and I remember exactly where I was whenContinue reading “The Power of Twitter”

5 Things I Learned During Remote Learning

Just a few short months ago no one had ever heard of the term “remote learning”. Now…educators across the world would give anything to forget it…and get back into the classrooms with their students. Here in Illinois, we’re still waiting on direction for what the opening of school will look like in August. Will weContinue reading “5 Things I Learned During Remote Learning”