5 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Google Classroom

One of the newest duties teachers have to do to set up a new classroom is setting up Google Classroom® to accommodate the new students for the new school year.  When I set up my…

5 Essential No-Nonsense Apps Teachers Need Every Year

There are thousands of Apps available for the Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome, and Windows.  How does a  teacher narrow the field for the most essential and no-nonsense apps?  In this roundup post, I’ll give you…

25 Amazing Chrome Extensions Every Teacher Should Use

Looking for Chrome extension?  If you’re new to using the Chrome web browser or a veteran user, here’s a round-up of 25 Chrome extensions that will help teachers save time and their sanity.  Rather than…

5 Tools That Will Make Your Students Google Docs Pros

Do your students use Google Docs® for writing and publishing? That’s great! But now let’s make them a Power User or Pro when working with Google Docs. Here are five Pro tools to teach your…

Think You Know all About California History? Surprise!

Could Southern California have been split off to join the Confederacy during the early part of California’s history? Almost!  That’s just one surprising fact I learned on my recent road trip with my kids to…

Summer’s Here! Reflect, Relax and Most of all Enjoy!

If you’re like me, you just ended another school year.  It’s now time to relax, reflect and enjoy this time off.  But wait, let’s make one thing clear.  For those of you who don’t know,…

Fun End of the Year School Activities

The end of the school year approaches, and it’s now time to celebrate and have fun!  State testing on the Smarter Balanced Assessment is complete.  Grading work is complete. Report cards are finished and printed.…

Fun Times! Watch Out! Shark Sighting at my School!

A Great White Shark was spotted at my school recently!  We recently had an interactive science assembly at my school sponsored by our PTO.  The Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, California, brought…

More Amazing and Inspiring Children’s Literature Books

As we approach Mother’s Day, I wanted to share some books that showcase some amazing and inspiring women.  Women that lead the way or pioneered the way to inspire girls and women to live up…

Beautiful and Amazing New Children’s Literature Books

I hadn’t bought any new children’s literature books in quite awhile until I discovered these beautiful and amazing new children’s literature books.  I’m using these books with different units in my class as well as,…

How to Easily Integrate Technology with Guided Reading Groups Part 2

As my school has acquired more and more guided reading materials (little books in sets of 6), I had more resources from which to choose from for each group.  But we now live in the…

How to Easily Integrate Technology with Guided Reading Groups

In this two-part post, I will demonstrate how using iPads (both mini-iPads and an iPad Pro) can bring guided reading into the digital age.  I was fortunate that over the years I have been able…

10 Important Tips for the First Year Teacher Part 2

Are you still excited about being a new teacher?  The Department of Education states that up to 50% of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years.  Don’t be a first year teacher…

10 Important Tips for the New Teacher

You’re a new teacher.  It’s overwhelming.  What to do?  As a veteran teacher of over 30 years teaching in the public education system in California, I offer these tips to help you survive those first…

Solving the Area of Irregular Shapes With the Distributive Property

My class has been learning to find the area of shapes for a few weeks now.  My students have learned how to count tiles or squares or to multiply length times width.  So now it…