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I was told once by my Cooperative Teacher (CT) during student teaching that she often wrote the answers for certain students on tests. It wasn’t that she gave them the answer, but they dictated what they wanted to say. They struggled so much with hand-writing that in many cases the test became frustrating and overwhelming.  It wasn’t because they didn’t know the answers, but because they couldn’t write fast or accurately enough to be… Read More

Teacher:   _Julie Heffernan__ Subject/Lesson Title: __Food Pyramid___   Grade:   __1/2__  Curriculum Context/Rationale: The students have not yet had exposure to any nutrition related lessons so far this year. This will be the first of several lessons taught on nutritional needs. This is a Standards-driven, teacher-created lesson. Students might have had exposure in the past through adult influences outside of school or physical education classes. This lesson is important as it is a foundation… Read More

http://www.abcya.com Overview: ABCya! is a website that includes educational games for grades K-5. These games are separated first by grade level, then by subject category.  The categories are: letters, numbers, holiday, strategy, and skills. This is a free resource with many different game types and interests for students to choose from. Games can range from different types of bingo to typing racing games. It is an arcade style website with many options… Read More

Organized Classroom Not only does Organized Classroom have cost effective and clever ideas for setting up a classroom for success, but it also gives fun ideas such as creating gifts for volunteers and co-workers as well as classroom management tips.  As a pre-service teacher I am constantly searching for anything that is going to bring me ease in my upcoming first year as an elementary teacher.

If anyone knows me they know I love being outdoors and in the magic of nature. While summer brings long hikes and camping, winter brings the magic of snow when the whole world turns white and sparkles. One of my very favorite traditions with my boyfriend has been to visit Leavenworth at the beginning of December each year to see the Christmas Lighting Festival. It is so very magical and beautiful and takes… Read More

When it comes to running, I definitely have a love-hate relationship.  It takes a lot to get me going and even when I’m out there I usually am hating life for the first mile or so. That being said, I spent a lot of time training for my first marathon in the spring and summer of 2016.  Did I run the marathon? No. Did I try my best? Of course I did!