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

My 1:1 Adventure: Bring on the Bandaids and Boo-Boos

Growing up, school was the pits. I was placed in the “gifted program” but couldn’t ace a test to save my life.Important dates and events in history were (and still are) impossible for… Continue reading

Essentials for Math Workshop

In thinking about tonight’s #talkmath chat re: math workshop, I wanted to share what I think are two essential components of math workshop and how we’ve used digital tools to support them. LANGUAGE Students either… Continue reading

Making Personal Learning Goals with List Apps

Around February, I started following Kristi Mraz’s new blog, Kinderconfidential. Granted, I teach fifth grade, but reading about the little-people-world often gives me insight to where it all started for my “big kids”.… Continue reading

Video: A Flipped-Workshop Mini Lesson

I’ve shared the idea of “flipped” mini lessons in a previous blog post and on Choice Literacy. It’s completely changed my classroom for the better. Here’s an example of what I mean by… Continue reading

Mentor iBooks to support Writing SOLs

The Writing SOL test is what fifth grade teachers sweat bullets over during this time of the year. We are about to take ours in two weeks and there is no telling what… Continue reading