online learning

5 Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

By my 4th year of teaching, I was fortunate to have 1:1 Chromebooks in my classroom. I used them daily for listening to reading during literacy stations and math games during math centers. We would use them to play Kahoot from time to time or Prodigy Math which my students

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10 Different Ways to Use Virtual Libraries

Virtual Libraries can have so many uses in the classroom. The changes to the way we deliver instruction this year required a lot of new technologies and tools for keeping students engaged. My two passions are having fun while learning and reading every day. I always made it a goal

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Tech Tools to Try This Year

One of the really wonderful things to come from 2020 was the urgency it created to learn new things. I’m sure we all learned some new tricks out of necessity. Here are some tech tools I will continue to use and encourage you to try this year! I’ve always considered

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7 Engaging Activities for December

December is straight-up crazy! The excitement and energy surpass any other month in the classroom. Balancing learning and fun is key! Here are 7 engaging December activites! Festive Days Get in the holiday spirit with some festive dress-up days. My advice–don’t overcomplicate it and it becomes easier for students to

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Teaching Guided Reading in a Virtual Classroom

 I started this post back in July but I had to stop. I knew I wanted to help teachers plan for virtual reading groups. But, honestly, I still wasn’t sure exactly how it would all work. Now that I am teaching (both in person and virtually), I feel a little

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Improve Student Engagement during Writing Lessons

I’ve seen a lot of teachers ask “How do I make writing more engaging?” 📝 Writing takes a lot of work which makes it a pain point for many students. For teachers, writing instruction is a delicate balance of guidance and feedback. Here are some simple ways to improve student

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10 Ways to Keep Students Engaged Online

  You’re teaching virtually. Using both  synchronous or asynchronous (are you sick of those words yet?), there are proven instructional strategies and best practices to take into consideration while planning. Keeping students engaged in an online environment has it’s challenges. Here are 10 ways to keep students engaged online: Keep

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First Week of Virtual Learning

A lot of us are wondering what back to school season will look like this year. Some may already know you are starting school remotely. It sounds overwhelming and a little bit scary. It’s unknown territory and with the memory of distance teaching in the spring still fresh in our

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What I’m Doing on the Last Days of Distance Teaching

Virtual Field Trips For our second to last week, we are sharing virtual field trip opportunities with our students. It is a four day week so they can choose from 1 of 7 field trip opportunities each day and complete a corresponding response sheet. My amazing teammate and teacher bestie,

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