How To Teach Phonics in the Primary Grades

Teaching phonics is probably one of my favorite things to teach.  In first grade especially, there is so much growth from the beginning of the year to the end.   I love watching my students' knowledge grow. They come into first grade barely knowing their letter sounds and short vowels and most of them leave knowing their long vowels. First graders learn so much in one year and that's why I love teaching first grade. Keep reading to see how I teach ANY phonics skill.


Creating a Bucket Filling Classroom

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  Do you even know what I'm talking about?  😜  If you do, then this post is for you.  If not, are you looking for a way to teach your students how to be kind and respectful?  Then keep reading, I think you're going to like this.


How to Print Color on a Teacher's Budget

Ready for this amazing trick that I've been using for the past few years.  It's seriously amazing and it's going to change your life.  This quick blog post will tell you how.  Keep on reading!


Authentic Ways to Use Technology in the Workshop: ChatterPix

Do you have iPads in your classroom?  Do you do reading and writing workshop?  Then this post is for you!  I'm going to show you how I use ChatterPix, a free iPad app, in my workshop.  PLUS, you're kids are going to love it!


The Best Behavior System Your Students Will Actually Love

It's that time of year where you start questioning whether or not your behavior system actually works and to start thinking about what you want to do next year.  Anyone else there right now?  No, just me?!  A solid behavior system can really make or break a classroom.  I'm here today to share a behavior system that is so easy and your students are actually going to by in and love it!


How To Fit It All In: A First Grade Schedule

One of the most asked questions I get as I present at workshops is, "How do you fit it all in?"  Most of my presentations or workshops focus on interactive read alouds and shared reading, things that are often "left out" of a daily schedule.  While I'm presenting I'm usually reiterating the importance of making room for these in your schedule on a daily basis and participants always want to know how I fit it all in.  Well today, folks, I'm here to show you how it can be done and how not to "leave out" those vital components of balanced literacy. 

St. Patrick's Day Interactive Read Aloud & STEM Challenge

Do you know the book, How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace?  It's the cutest book for March and St. Patrick's Day.  You're going to love it!  Keep reading to find out how to use this book for an Interactive Read Aloud and STEM Challenge your students are also going to love!

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.  
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