The Dreaded Set Up of my Classroom Begins!

Who else dreads going back to school and setting up a classroom?  This year I dreaded it even more because I needed and wanted to make changes to my classroom setup.  Why? First off,  I…

Here’s Not 1 Back to School Tip But 7!

Can you smell the dry erase markers yet?  Are you hearing phantom bells ringing?  Are you practicing getting up early again?  Yep, soon it will be that time of year again when teachers are preparing…

Energize Your Classroom With an Interactive Digital Notebook Part 3

My previous posts in this series (Part 1 and Part 2) explained the reasons why I have made the switch to a Digital Notebook because they are colorful, paperless and media rich.  I also gave…

Energize Your Classroom With Motivating Interactive Digital Notebooks Part 2

Why make the switch to DIGITAL NOTEBOOKS?  I wrote earlier that some major advantages of DIGITAL notebooks are that they can be COLORFUL (color photographs, color illustrations, color diagrams, color anything!), PAPERLESS (it’s all in the…

Energize Your Classroom With Motivating Interactive Digital Notebooks

What exactly is an Interactive Digital Notebook? How is it similar to a regular Interactive Notebook? How is an Interactive Digital Notebook used in the classroom?  What are the advantages over traditional interactive notebooks?  Find…

Spotlight Focus on the History of Our Rights Part 2

I’m so excited to share this next part of how I taught these units which focused on the history of our rights.  The digital age is here in the form of DIGITAL INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS.  What…

Spotlight Focus on the History of Our Rights

If there is one thing an 8 or 9 year old knows for sure is this:  what’s fair and what’s not fair.  That’s a great starting point to teach elementary kids about the history of…

Valuable Tips After a Year in a 1:1 Classroom PART 2

Thanks for returning to read PART 2 in my 2 part series of valuable tips for the 1:1 classroom.  As I wrote in PART 1 of Valuable Tips for the 1:1 Classroom, I really didn’t…

Valuable Tips After a Year in a 1:1 Classroom

Since I received my own Chromebook Cart, I’m now looking back and reflecting on what I’ve learned about teaching in a 1:1 classroom.  There are so many aspects that no one ever tells you about,…

3 Effective Ways to Teach Geometry Vocabulary

If you’ve ever taken geometry from elementary school to college, you know that there’s a lot of geometry vocabulary that must be learned.  Think about all the geometry vocabulary for the names of the shapes,…

Technology, For Sure! But Don’t Forget Old Fashion Creativity!

My class just recently finished with our Solar System Unit.  In my district, which is in California, we are still operating under the old California Science Standards and still using a very outdated textbook.  Nevertheless,…

Reviewing Area and Perimeter with 3 Fun Ways

Are you looking for some new ideas for reviewing area and perimeter? You’ve come to the right place! In this post, I’ll show you a few different activities I use for reviewing area and perimeter…

Bottom Line: Homework Project Turned Out to be Fun and Successful!

Having assigned several Homework Projects during the year, I was a little nervous about this particular project.  That’s because our team had never assigned this one before.  But, bottom line, it turned out hugely successful.…

Stop! Insert Image? NO way! Use Google Draw!

You’re probably asking why should I use or even teach my students to use Google Draw?  How many times have you assigned some kind of research for your students to do and when you get…

3 Ways to Incorporate Google Slides in a Book Club

Google Slides continues to be my “go to” app when designing assignments for my students.  I currently have a group of students who are reading The Tale of Despereaux in a book club.  As we…

Geometry on Google Slides®

These Interactive Digital Notebooks for Google Slides are now available in my TpT Store!

Click the link BELOW to see the Geometry Books!

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