Play Finding the right books for your kids By: HollyShannon Teacher Holly helps us out, when it comes to finding the right books..
Swappin' Sweat for Screen Time
Swappin' Sweat for Screen Time
While spending time with my 10 and 12 year old niece and nephew last weekend, I was excited to hear the exercise deal their mom had made with them..
Thankfulness & Thoughtfulness in the Classroom
Thankfulness & Thoughtfulness in the Classroom
15 furlough days, less Instructional Aid time, larger class sizes, less team-planning times, smaller school budget and loud construction going on al..
Rules of the Road & Rules of the Classroom
Rules of the Road & Rules of the Classroom
Ahhh, a gorgeous and warm fall Sunday afternoon beckoned me to the road for a drive. Curving to the left, then to the right, my SUV hugged the road ..
School Shopping: I Found More Than Shoes
School Shopping: I Found More Than Shoes
Yesterday, while hunting around for new school boots, I ran into a student from last year’s class and his family. Children have 2 reactions when ..
Back to School: Jitters for Teachers Too
Back to School: Jitters for Teachers Too
New jeans, perfect pencils, lunch packed, and the excitement of soon seeing 23 new little faces. Just like my students, I too, get excited and a li..
Kyron's Disappearance From A Teacher's Point of View
Kyron's Disappearance From A Teacher's Point of View
It started for me as a facebook post…my friend’s husband works with Kaine Horman, the father of Kyron Horman, the missing 2nd grader from Portla..
Sidewalk Chalk: A Lost Art?
Sidewalk Chalk: A Lost Art?
Hop, hop, jump, hop! Pink, purple, blue, green and white. I grew up drawing hopscotch on the sidewalk and chalk murals on my driveway. Inexpensive,..
Last Day
Last Day
During the last few hours of school, it was still hard to believe my year of teaching 20 amazing first graders was ending. I woke up that last morni..
Miss, Ms. and Mrs.
Miss, Ms. and Mrs.
During my writing mini-lesson, the children were gathered at my feet around the easel, and we were exploring how to write a letter to someone. I st..
A Bad Word?
A Bad Word?
I love that children still have the innocence we often think they’ve lost. This morning, a sweet little girl in my class walked up to me, quite wo..
Change of Plans= Exercise and Spanish!
Change of Plans= Exercise and Spanish!
Best laid plans are always subject to change. Our 1x a week Spanish teacher couldn't make it for her usual 30 minute teaching time. My class was n..
Lightbulb Lab
Lightbulb Lab
A classroom full of 6 and 7-year-olds is bound to have its shining moments and not-so-shining moments. When my class shows exemplary manners and/..
New Jeans
New Jeans
Months and months of searching in stores and websites finally resulted in finding the perfect pair of jeans. Even though I teach first grade and am..
Q and U
Q and U
During a bustling science lesson, when the whale experts (1/3 of my class) were teaching the other children about whales... the class was attempti..
You Know What? You Know What?
You Know What? You Know What?
7:45am, 22 kids, and 1 teacher (me). Everyone either has a question about a project, or wants to tell me about a lost tooth, a hermit crab dying, or..

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