Category Archive: elementary

Feb 17

Is Handwriting Still a Hot Topic? Yes.

When I taught third grade, the one thing that incoming students looked forward to the most was learning cursive. We learned a new letter just about every day and the students looked forward to eventually learning how to write their name. Some tried writing their name without the proper technique, often forming letters incorrectly. For …

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Feb 14

Connecting the Library and Classroom

In my role as library media specialist, connecting what I do with the classroom is essential. A lot of people talk about the changing role of the school library and the idea that the school library being the hub of the school. I agree with all of these ideas, but making it happen isn’t easy. This …

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Jan 18

Sam the Snowman and Snowflake Fun

I am not a big fan of the term digital native.  Just because kids are growing up in a time where technology surrounds them, doesn’t mean they can effectively use it. I see this all the time with my kindergarten and first graders. Many are not able to use a mouse effectively. They don’t hold …

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Jan 16

ChatterPix Kids + PhotosfromClass = Creativity

This week, I took iPads into the classrooms due to standardized testing in the computer lab. I wanted the students to create something related to their knowledge of reading strategies. I decided to try using ChatterPixKids as the app of choice. Chatterpix Kids is an app that can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, …

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Apr 22

Stop Motion Fun

This week, state testing has consumed the library and computer lab. As a result, I’ve had to hold my classes in regular classrooms. This is actually kind of fun for me, but I wouldn’t want to do it on a regular basis. It’s nice to be in a different space once in a while and …

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Feb 26

Fun with a Green Screen

I’ve used a green screen a little myself in the past, but overall, I don’t have a ton of experience with it, especially with students. The bright green cloth that was sitting around my house needed a new home. I brought it to school, figuring I could use it with the students to create something …

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Nov 11

The Magic of Google Drive & What I Learned Today

My third and fourth grade classes are participating in the Monster Project. All five of my classes are connecting with classes in Illinois, California, Florida, and Alberta. The project is rather simple, but really, really fun. Students create and draw a monster. Then, they write a descriptive paragraph about their monster. The writing is shared …

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Apr 12

Where’s the Desktop?

I think those of us pretty fluent in the use of computers and technology tend to make a lot of assumptions.  We assume others know what we’re talking about when we toss out various terms or websites.  Maybe I shouldn’t speak for others, but I know I often make those mistakes.  Well, I recently witnessed …

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Mar 11

Why We Are Failing

(Note: While I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, I’m finally getting it on paper.  Perhaps my tone and negativity is impacted by everything that’s been going on in Wisconsin over the past month.  With that being said, I like my job, my profession, and the people I work with.  I do, however, …

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Jan 25

Oh What a (Bad) Night

Last night, my local School Board, decided by a vote of 4-3, to eliminate all of the elementary school librarians.  The District will be implementing a Spanish language program in the elementary schools and will be using the cost savings from the library positions to help fund the new Spanish teachers. The initial meeting on …

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