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3 Ways to Prepare for an Interactive Read Aloud

By now, you're probably noticing that I've got quite the Interactive Read Aloud blog series going.  I'm showing you how I plan and prepare for Interactive Read Alouds.  I believe they are one of the most important things we can do in our classroom and I want to make it easy for you to do them too.  Read on for 3 ways that I have used to prepare for an Interactive Read Aloud.


5 Tips to Get Writer's Workshop Up & Running

Writer's Workshop is one of my favorite things to teach my first graders.  5 years ago, I would have never said that.  But after traveling to NYC to go to Teacher's College, Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University with Lucy Calkins, I now love it just as much as reading.  Here are some tips to help you get started and love it too!


How to Plan an Interactive Read Aloud in 5 Easy Steps

Interactive Read Alouds are one of my favorite things to do in the classroom, as you may know. 😉  I love doing them with my class, but they can be a pain to prepare for.  Read on for 5 easy steps for preparing an Interactive Read Aloud.



Compliment Circles: Creating a Kind & Respectful Classroom

Compliment circles are one of our favorite activities and probably one of the most important things I do in my first grade classroom.  They teach my students how to give and receive compliments as well as create a classroom of respect and kindness.  Keep reading to see how you can transform your classroom into a compliment giving, respectful and kind classroom.

A compliment circle is something that I do in my classroom every couple of weeks.  I'd love to do it weekly, and that's my goal, but you know how it can be, it just doesn't happen.


So, I'm sure you're wondering what is is and how to do it.  

2017: Make It Your Best Year Ever Challenge


Goodbye 2016, hello 2017.  A lot of people, especially on social media, are saying that 2016 was an awful year that ended with the Mariah Carey debacle at the NYE celebration.  While I was not awake to witness the awkwardness, I have to say that November 2016, was definitely one of my best months ever!  The CUBS finally won the World Series and my second son was born!  But, if you're someone who feels it wasn't great, read on to find out how to make 2017 a great year!

Benjamin Michael


Hey there, friends!  I'm going to get a little personal with you for just a second.  I wanted to share with you why I've been kind of MIA the past month.

Resources That Keep On Giving

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you had a fabulous holiday celebrating with family and loved ones!  I have been extra busy with the birth of my sweet baby.  So, I'm going to keep this short and sweet!  As a thank you for your love and support my entire store is 20% for Black Friday.  And I've compiled a list of some of my favorite resources that keep on giving.








1. Thankful Mini-Book

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