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As a teacher, watching other teachers in action is the most valuable Professional Development I can have. I love seeing other professionals in their happy place and learn from their classrooms. Realistically, guest teachers are expensive, our schedules are too important, and sub plans take TOO long to write. So, as teachers, we turn to alternative methods to build our professional networks - blogs, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Today I'm sharing about how and why I use Twitter in my 1st grade classroom!
Over Winter Break, I took time to reflect on what was working in my classroom and what still needed tweaking. Slowly throughout January, I've been taking little steps to fill the 'holes'. I'll definitely be sharing more about these holes in the coming weeks, and today I wanted to share about one change in our classroom - from morning work to morning tubs.
Oh friends - this post comes to you with Snow Day #3 in the books and a very-possible Day #4. When your school secretary shares this picture with you, you start longing for your classroom. Especially when you're going to be making up these snow days in June! It's been almost a week since I last saw my 1st grade friends and I can only hope they have been reading each night. I am all about those snow day snuggles, board games, and snowmen. But after a week, I wanted to share some ideas with my families...just in case my friends were getting restless.
Since coming to 1st grade, I've adopted a Daily 5 style to our Reading Block. I have shared dozens of posts about how Daily 5 works in our classroom (click here to read more) but I've never shared about Work on Writing. Honestly, it is the choice that makes me the most nervous and is the one that is most constantly changing. So, today, I'm sharing a post packed with pictures, ideas, affiliate links (for easy shopping and browsing), and samples of what works in our classroom.
Friday was one of those fun, hands-on, best-day-ever kind of days. It was play-based, rigorous, and had my crew of 1st grader workers begging for more. Today I wanted to share with you more about Compound Construction - a morning filled with hands-on compound word fun!

Organization and order are two very important things for me in the classroom. I'm definitely not afraid of making messes and letting kids be kids, BUT I do think that our students (of any age) can help in the upkeep of our learning space. Additionally, I would much rather every friend complete one small job rather than feel that I have to spend 20-30 minutes after school doing things that could have easily been done as team effort. So, today I wanted to share 5 sanity-saving routines that can help keep your classroom clean and organized!
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