An iTunesU Reading Course Created by Fifth Graders!

In our last wonderful coaching visit with Jennifer Kean from TCRWP, an observation assessment revealed that our readers lacked self-awareness of setting and achieving personal reading goals. I decided to ramp up/spice up our upcoming nonfiction… Continue reading

Go Beyond Substitution to Foster Individualization

The SAMR model has been on my mind a lot lately. I remember being so excited when I first learned about this idea developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. But, as I watch and listen… Continue reading

Snow Days Bring Readers and Writers Together

We had our first snow day for Arlington County yesterday and therefore, my instinct as a 1:1 iPad classroom teacher was to immediately resort to what I did last year: flip a lesson and… Continue reading

Join the “Book Battles” for March Book Madness!

I am ridiculously excited about this upcoming March Book Madness and all that Tony Keefer (@TonyKeefer) has done for the site! If you haven’t signed your class up yet, be sure to visit… Continue reading

Making and Taking Book Personality Quizzes

Have you ever taken a personality quiz on Facebook like “Which Star Wars Character Are You?” You answer a few fun questions and then find out that your personality is most like Luke… Continue reading

Boosting Student Blogs

My kids started the year off tapping into the blogging world but the blog posts weren’t representative of their writing in class. Their in class personal narratives, research reports, and even poems were… Continue reading

Students Share Writing Process with AR

Bear with me while I get a little giddy about teaching. First of all, there’s really something magical about writing workshop. I find writing workshop to be a little scary at times. You demo strategies… Continue reading

An iPad Contract Designed by Students

In a 1:1 classroom, I regretted not having a digital contract developed with my students last year. There were many times last year where I wished I had something to pull out of my… Continue reading

7 Ways to Use #Readergrams with Students

It’s only been a couple of weeks since I first introduced our class Twitter account (@HaleNetwork5th) and #readergrams/#writergrams to my students. I’m already amazed at how it’s transformed my students’ attitude towards reading and… Continue reading

Join Our #readergrams + #writergrams Community!

Happy new year everyone! As we all return to school, I’d like to share an idea with you that I’m hoping will break down those classroom walls and create larger learning networks for our… Continue reading

Rethink Math Homework as Opportunity not Chore

I rarely get the chance to blog about math so I’m very grateful for these #TalkMath chats that inspire me to share math ideas! Tonight’s chat is about homework in math which I think is… Continue reading

Breathing Anchor Charts

I finally had a chance to try an idea this summer during our literacy summer school and wanted to quickly share before the new year. We use anchor charts all the time –… Continue reading