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Authentic Ways to Use Technology in the Workshop

Using technology is such a great way to engage our students.  Finding authentic ways to use it can often be challenging.  I do not use many commercial apps that just require my students to click.  My goal when I'm using technology is for my students to be able to create, connect and collaborate.  I'm here to share with you how I use technology in my classroom, specifically in the reading and writing workshop.  

Tips for Teachers Returning from Maternity Leave

Hello, all you fabulous working mamas!  I just recently returned from maternity leave for the second time.  I have a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old.  If you're like me, you were dreading returning to work for weeks before you actually had to go back.  As a working teacher mom, there are plenty of us who take maternity leave and have to return after a short time at home.  Now, I wish I could change the way maternity leave works and allow all of us to take more time, but I can't, so I'm here to share some tips to help you get through it.
 

Interactive Read Aloud: Wake Up, Groundhog!


I'm here today to share with you another Interactive Read Aloud resource in my Teachers pay Teachers store.  As February is right around the corner, so is Groundhogs day.  This fun holiday always catches me off guard being the second day of the month.  Prepare now by checking out >>THIS<< resource.     
groundhog read aloud resource

Shared Reading: Down on the Farm

Shared reading is one of those activities where you can get the most bang for your buck!  Especially in kindergarten and first grade, shared reading makes your students readers.  It teaches so many skills and makes your youngest readers feel like readers.  It turns non-readers into kids who believe they can read. Keep reading to learn all about my newest resource.


What Is Shared Reading and Why It Is So Important

Picture this: you've got a book under the document camera just above the reading level of most of your students.  They are choral reading the book with you and you're stopped by a word covered with a sticky note.  The students are eager to figure out that word to see if they are right.  You work with the students to use vital strategies for figuring out tricky words and each child has an idea of what that word might be.  You slowly peel back that sticky note, read the correct word as whispers of "yes" are heard from throughout the group.  Your students are engaged and learning important reading skills.  This is shared reading!  Shared reading is a necessary activity in all classrooms, especially in primary classrooms.  Keep reading to learn more! 

The Best Books to Start Your Year in a Primary Classroom

It's no secret that I love reading aloud to my students (I'm pretty sure I start every read aloud blog post like this #sorrynotsorry). Reading aloud is so important for the reading development of our students. See my blogs posts >>HERE<< and >>HERE<< to see why.  Anyway, I like to start reading aloud to my students on the first day of school.  Yes, THE VERY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!  I love getting into the routine of what read alouds look like so I start with them from the beginning and read a lot of books the first couple of weeks.  These are some of my favorites you should definitely check out.


4 Reasons Why Every Teacher Needs an Instagram Account

Instagram is my jam!  It is by far my favorite social media outlet.  Who doesn't love looking at pretty pictures?  I've had my personal account since 2012 and my teacher account since 2015.  It was shortly after starting my account for Our Elementary Lives that I realized just how valuable it has been to me as a teacher.


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