Using QR Codes in the Classroom - Part 4: Differentiating Instruction

October 31, 2013

Part 4: Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction

Differentiating instruction is essential, and QR Codes can help make this much easier.  Let's take a quick look at how QR Codes can help.

Using QR Codes in the Classroom - Part 3: Creating An Interactive, Indepdent Classroom

October 30, 2013

Part 3 - Creating An Interactive, Independent Classroom

We're finally at my favorite part of this series!  There are SO many ways to use QR Codes in your classroom.  I hope this post will spark some ideas of ways you might want to incorporate them into your classroom.

Using QR Codes in the Classroom - Part 2: Creating URL Codes

October 29, 2013

Part 2: Creating URL Codes

I'm continuing my series on QR Codes.  Since my last post covered what QR Codes are, how to create them, and how to scan them, I will now start to focus on what you can create codes for.

So, why might you want to create a URL QR Code?

Using QR Codes in the Classroom - Part 1: What Are QR Codes?

October 28, 2013

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend and present at the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators' Annual Conference. I got to meet Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher, Deana from Primary Punch, Jen from Hello Literacy, Laura Candler, and Heather from The Teched Out Teacher!

Halloween Ideas For The Classroom

October 27, 2013

It's hard to believe that Halloween is this week. If you're scrambling for some fun activities to do with your class, no worries! I've got several ideas for you!

To make these Ghost Window Clings, all you need are some bottles of glue, wax paper, and Googly Eyes!  Click here for instructions.

NCAEE Conference

October 21, 2013

If you attended my sessions today, you can download the presentation files below:

Cracking The Code: Using QR Codes in the Classroom
The Missing Puzzle Piece: Connecting Parents to the Common Core

My Parent Handouts are available here.

Fluency Strips

October 17, 2013

I want to share one of my favorite activities for teaching reading fluently and with expression.  It's super-easy to put together and can be done within a small amount of time.  It's a little something I call Fluency Strips (yeah, I'm totally not good at naming activities!).

Comparing Numbers Using Greater Than, Less Than, & Equal To

October 15, 2013

I want to share a simple lesson with you on Comparing Numbers.  There are several different ways to teach this skill.  One of the most popular ways is to use the "Alligator eats the bigger number" method.  With any lesson though, there will be some students who need to learn a skill a different way.  This particular method would be great for students who need a more hands-on approach to learning.

Substitute Teacher Feedback Form

October 10, 2013

Whenever we have to be away from the classroom, we always hope everything runs smoothly.  Feedback from a substitute teacher is very important. 

Here is a free feedback form you can leave with your plans for the day.  Just leave a note asking the substitute teacher to complete the form.  When you return, you should have a great idea of exactly what went on during your absence.

Flat Stanley Project Guide

October 08, 2013

If you've previously purchased my Flat Stanley Project Guide, make sure to download it again. I've updated it to include new fonts and graphics, along with a new map tracking activity! 

Pumpkin Day

October 07, 2013

Halloween is still a few weeks away, but I want to go ahead and share with you a favorite activity of mine.  It's never too early to start planning!

For a few years now I have had a "Pumpkin Day" instead of celebrating Halloween point on because I legally haven't been able to.  The students have always had a blast and never noticed any difference.  It's a great way to incorporate the season into curriculum but still keep it friendly, not scary.

NC Elementary School Conference

October 03, 2013

Earlier this year I was invited by Laura Candler (yes, that Laura Candler!) to present at the Annual North Carolina Elementary Educator's Conference, and, of course, I accepted!  This year's conference is being in Greensboro on October 20-22.  I'm super-excited about it, and if you'll be in the area, I hope you will join us!

Building Skills at Home: SPANISH Parent Handouts

October 01, 2013

Many of you have asked for a Spanish version of my parent handouts.  I'm happy to say they are finally available just in time for parent conferences!  A huge thanks to Eileen, Nayda, Jorja, and Liliana for translating.


Handouts are available for math, spelling, reading, writing progression, and writing at home.

You can get them in my TpT store here.
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