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  • Exploring Coding using Bee-Bots in Kindergarten
    Using technology with students is not always in my comfort zone but that didn’t stop me from trying out bee-bots with kindergarten students. A bee-bot is a type of programmable floor robot designed for children ages 4-7.  I wanted to see what would happen if we followed the kindergarten model of exploration and play as … Continue reading Exploring Coding using Bee-Bots in Kindergarten
  • A little bit of joy
    Open House is always a great night … seeing the learning that has gone on throughout the year, families milling about, students’ work proudly on display. But this year’s celebration was memorable for a different reason. Back in the fall, I had the good fortune to collaborate with the teacher-librarian at one of the schools … Continue reading A little bit of joy
  • Not your usual reading groups
    Recently I have been working a lot with flexible grouping in the classroom since I have been experimenting with Liljedahls’s thinking classroom in math. But flexible grouping does not need to stop in math, it can work in your literacy classroom as well.  I know most of us are used to ability groupings when it … Continue reading Not your usual reading groups
  • Embrace the Mud
    Something about the beautiful sunny spring days that just makes me smile and want to spend more time outside. However, this past spring was RAINY! I feel like it rained for weeks at a time! Now, I know that saying “April showers bring May flowers” but it’s hard to keep that in remind when there … Continue reading Embrace the Mud
Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning book cover

The book, The Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning: Practical Ideas and Resources for Beginning Teachers, is meant to be the beginning of sharing and learning with each other, which includes practical tips on setting up your own classroom, building inclusion, working with parents and more.