Google Slides Tips for Elementary Teachers (and free templates!)

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I took a survey on Instagram today (are we IG pals yet!?) asking how many elementary teachers are using Google Slides this year. A whopping 80% of respondents said that they use Google Slides for lessons, activities, and distance learning. As much as I LOVE using Slides in my classroom, there are definitely some aspects […]

Incorporating Podcasts into Your Teaching

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I think the main thing the pandemic and school closures have highlighted for me personally is how rooted in the past some of my teaching practices were. Education as a whole has been slow to transition to incorporate more technology for a variety of reasons. But as Elon Musk is building a spaceship to go […]

5 Practical Tips for Distance Learning

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It has been a solid eight weeks since our education system has been turned on its ear by nationwide school closures. How’s it going? I know we have all been through a drastic and rapid change, and I hope you are hanging in there. I know juggling everything is like herding cats some days. I’ve […]

Setting Boundaries for Teacher/Parent Communication

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If you know me, you know that I love technology. I use technology every single day in my classroom: taking attendance using Google Forms, teaching calendar math on the interactive whiteboard, using a document camera to model multiplication arrays, completing a Nearpod lesson the types of rocks…the list goes on and on. I think that […]

Setting Up Routines in Your Classroom – And Never Be Late to Specials Again

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Let’s walk through a typical day in an elementary classroom, shall we? 8:45   Students enter the classroom like sweet little cherubs. 8:46   Two excuses, one bus change note, four envelopes with lunch money, and seven permission slips now cover your desk. 8:49   Get students started on their morning work. 8:50   Time to quickly check to […]