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Authors = Rock Stars

I had a moment last Friday afternoon when I knew I should have been listening to what Lisa McMann, New York Times Bestselling Author, was saying, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the 4th and 5th graders who were hanging on her every word. I watched their faces and wondered, “How many of these […]

Book Brackets…Sweet 16

It has been way too long since I’ve posted something…sorry! I just had to share what is currently happening in 5th grade…  Every 5th grader wrote down their top 5 books they have read this year. We compiled all the books and came up with our Sweet 16!  We seeded the books according to votes […]

Potato Chip Trifecta

About a month ago, we needed something a bit more creative to hold the students’ attention and spark their interest. I came across an idea on Twitter from Michelle U’Ren (@MichelleURen1). What I loved about this idea was the fact that it crossed math and language arts. My students pointed out that it covered science […]

Auggie’s birthday

If you checked out our blog on Monday, you read about Wonder by R.J. Palacio. October 10 is Auggie’s birthday! We decided to do some simple celebrating by doing a couple kind things around the building. I started the day by sharing this amazing blog: http://www.ccakidsblog.org/2012/10/every-kid-needs-hero.html The class thought Peter’s story was amazing and I […]

Be Still

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” I find it to be an honor…and sometimes awfully intimidating…to teach in a school where a huge (possibly the biggest) part of my job is faith formation in my students. This […]

Choose Kind

I met Auggie Pullman for the first time last spring. Every time I logged onto Twitter, there was another mention of Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I thought, “Seriously? This book is THAT good?” I decided to go buy a copy for my classroom just to see what all the buzz was about. Side note: I […]

Tour of MJ’s Classroom

I know many teachers say they are excited to start a new school year, and I am no exception. I had, however, an amazing class last year. One of those classes that only come along every couple of years. I worried when the year ended that I would have a hard time letting go of […]

Choose Kind

Welcome to our blogging adventure!

  We are so excited to begin the process of blogging about our classrooms. We are two teachers teaching in the same school, but in different grade levels.  MJ has been teaching for 13 years and currently teaches 5th grade.  Tricia has been teaching for 15 years and currently teaches 1st grade.  We are hoping […]

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