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Best Practice in my Classroom…Literally

It’s been a nutty week.  Yesterday we had film crews in our classes doing some taping of various classroom teaching and learning moments.  I’m deeply honored and very excited to a part of this project.  It’s an interesting experience to … Continue reading

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Active Literacy With iPads Part 3: Opening up the Backchannel

Last week I had my class participate in their first ever back channel discussion.  During our daily read aloud time I usually stop at points to have students turn and talk, answer a few questions, or do an ultra quick … Continue reading

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A Time to Reflect

Columbus Day. It’s always the first real opportunity to step back and reflect on the current school year.  The 3-day weekend serves as a much needed break to think about where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished and provides time to … Continue reading

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Tuesday Debrief

I’ve just returned from doing some consulting work in Wisconsin.  What a great two days!  I figured since it was Tuesday still I could get my slice of life in, but how can I capture all that is on my … Continue reading

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Goodbye Steve

With all of the iPad talk on this blog lately it only seems fitting that write a post in honor of Steve Jobs.  His ideas and visionary ability to create has touched every part of my life.  I used to … Continue reading

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What We Teach vs. What They Learn

or when epubs go wrong… I just sat down to review the exit tickets that my students filled out after reading two contrasting articles about the American Revolution.  I find exit tickets to be a quick way to get immediate … Continue reading

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iPad Organization

This year my 1st grade classroom will go one-to-one with the iPad 2.  I’m so excited! I’ve spent a lot of time this summer thinking about curriculum, assessment and management of devices.  Last year, my classroom participated in a smaller … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to a fabulous school year…

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be a part of this blog! Thanks Katie! As a first grade teacher, I have lots to say about developing readers, writers, collaborators and thinkers.  I want my students to be curious and … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Well it’s finally happened.  I’ve convinced one of my fabulous super teacher friends to join me in blogging.  So, Inquiry Live in the Classroom will have a second author.  Welcome Kristin!  Kristin teaches first grade and is massively qualified on … Continue reading

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It’s time to go back

I had a dream last night about by classroom.  It was a sign.  It’s time to go back to school.  Where did the time go?  The endless days of summer are behind be and although I’ve done a great deal … Continue reading

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What Did You Do Today?

I get asked this question a lot in the summer.  There is a very widely held popular perception that teachers spend their summers lounging by the pool sipping Mojitos and laughing at those fools who work 12 month jobs. Well … Continue reading

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Living Life Like a Reader

I just spent two hours in bed finishing a book.  The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jaime Ford.  It was one of those books that leaves you emotionally drained and reeling with comments, just the kind … Continue reading

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Wag more, bark less

Wag more bark less is a slightly famous slogan found on doggie related products. It’s also my theme for the summer. There’s a lot of barking going on in the education world right now. I’m choosing to spend my summer … Continue reading

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Last Day

Today is our last full day of school.  Although I am done teaching subjects, I still have things to teach my students.  For instance, the power of ending on a positive note, the importance of reflecting on the school year, … Continue reading

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Beach

Been wondering why I haven’t been posting? It’s because I’m here. Be back next week.

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Testmas Week

I’ve been light on the blog posts this week.  One reason is that I’m participating in the annual slice of life challenge at Two Writing Teachers.  Writing everyday is rewarding but challenging.  The other reason is that it’s Testmas week.  … Continue reading

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Getting Into Beyond-The-Book Inquiry

On the last day of march our school will have its annual Explore More festival. This is a celebration of science, social studies, social justice, and student inquiry. This year I find myself between units in social studies which puts … Continue reading

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Paper Slide Videos

I’m out of time, It happens.  You get to the end of a unit and realize that what you had planned just won’t work.  I usually end with a project.  Well, our non project turned into a project and now … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Reading

Here’s what I’m reading with my coffee this morning. Multiple Intelligences and Arts The Teaching Dream One Rule ICE Conference, Here’s the link to the google doc from Chad Lehman’s presentation.  Amazing!

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Sometimes You Have To Be Flexible

I work with amazing teachers who use amazing texts to teach.  Sometimes I go to teach a lesson and the students already know the book.  Usually I’m ok with that, as long as I’m using it for a different lesson … Continue reading

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