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5 Favorite Technology Tools and Trends of 2016

Hey all and happy almost New Year!  I feel like I am always apologizing for not writing but this time I have some really good excuse!  After 19 years of classroom teaching I have moved out of the classroom!  On December 5th I started a new job as a District Technology Integration Specialist!  My new job is sooooooo cool!  I work with 2 other wonderful people and we travel around our very large district (over 15 schools!!!)  helping teachers take technology risks in their classrooms and helping students use technology to increase their learning.  It is amazing!!!!

Everyone keeps asking me if I miss being with kids everyday but the wonderful thing about my job is I am with them.  I have already spent time helping newcomer ELL students create Google presentations on their home countries and cultures and the other day I spent the entire day teaching 3rd and 4th graders at my son's and daughter's school how to use Google Classroom.  My son was soooo proud of me!

Sooooooo, since it …

A New Year... A New Journey

I can't believe the school year has been in full swing for over a month and I haven't had the opportunity to blog yet.  Life has been CRAZY!

First, I have an awesome and amazing student teacher that started the year with me and will end his internship in the late fall.  It has been a wonderful experience mentoring a new teacher and helping him find his style.  What I love most is that he loooooooves to ENGAGE the kids.  It's a win!



So? What cools things have I been doing in my classroom!  I'm still on a roll when it comes to flattening my classroom.  This means that I am trying to push down the walls and connect my amazing kiddos with the big wide world.  On of the things that has been helping me with this is Learn Around the World!


This website and service is amazing! It is run by Brandon Hall and he does all the work for you!  He makes connections with people all throughout the world and then hosts talks with people and shows us footage from their trips.  He does a c…

Long Time, No Post!

It has been soooooo long so I've talked to you all and I have so much to share.  Right now, though, this Mama is preparing for a school week so the lunches and laundry are calling.  I was able to carve out some creation time and made this super fun Salem Witch Trials Game and Simulation! Head on over to my store and check it out!



It's the most wonderful time every four years!!! ~ Election Resources Video 1

It is Christmas for social studies teachers..... the presidential election!  This is my absolute favorite topic to teach and my favorite time to teach it!  This year's election is interesting, to say the least but I have found a ton of great resources to use in my classroom.  I'm going to be making a couple of videos to find some of the resources I will be using and I'll also provide some free products to use in conjunction.
My first video is on the website fivethirtyeight.com.  I help you navigate the website and see how it would be useful in a classroom.



If you are interested in some paid resources, head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and check out these two resources:



Stay tuned for some free resources to use with the 538 website!!!

Best year ever!

2016 General Election Bulletin Board

This bulletin board is a companion to my Race to the White House Station Activity.  It is 50% off till midnight Sunday the 31st. Click here and enjoy!






Back to School Giveaway!!!

Back to School is coming!!!! Because I have amazing customers and followers, I'm running a contest to receive a $10 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers and your choice of one of my products (priced under $10). Fill out the Google Form below and I'll be picking a winner tomorrow night at 10!!!! Good luck!


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Race for the White House: 2106 Election Station Activity

Yeah! I've finally finished this super fun station activity to help kids learn about the presidential election, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Tim Kaine, Mike Pence and Presidential Ads.  For the first 24 hours the activity is 50% off.  Head on over here to get it and launch your school year off right!!!






Ancient India and Bloom's Bundle!

I have finally finished up my Bloom's Taxonomy Task Cards bundle!!!!  First, I finished up the India cards and they are 50% off in my store till midnight tomorrow night!




Second, if you have purchased the full bundle, download again and you will get China and India for free!  The bundle is going to remain 42% off until tomorrow at midnight.  This is an amazing deal!!!  Don't miss out!

Bloom's Taxonomy Task Cards: Ancient China

I have just finished an awesome Ancient China product! It is 50% off today only!  Head on over to my store to pick it up!








Ancient Rome Architecture and Engineering Stations Activity

Causes of the Civil War: Compromise of 1850

Another new item!!!! If you pick this up in the next 24 hours it is 50% off!  That is only $1.50!!! Head on over to check it out!



Life in Sparta and Athens: Group Project and Leveled Readings!!!!

Hello all!  I just completed a fun and fabulous item!  For the next 24 hours the item will be 50% off!  Check it out here!!!!







Mystery Location Calls - We Can't Get Enough!!!

This year I have absolutely fallen in love with Mystery Location Calls.  If you don't know anything about them, stop right now, head on over to Paul Solarz's blog and read up on how to challenge your students and increase their geographic awareness.

Are you back?  Great!  So I started doing Mystery Location Calls after I had my 8th-grade students memorize their 50 states and I have never seen kids really internalize their states like they did after we did just a couple of practice calls.  They have such a spatial understanding of the country, have increased their independent internet researching skills, and have done a nice job at really learning to work together.





My students are obsessed with them now and want to do them all the time!  The only thing I am struggling with is how to incorporate everyone.  I have 27 kids in each class and even though they each have a job, a good ten kids just sit in the back of the class and fool around.  I was thinking about having a Team A and…

We saved Egypt! A Quest into Gamification

Hey, all!  I am so sorry it has been so long since I wrote.  This semester I got an amazing opportunity to start teaching a graduate class.  I am teaching this fabulous class called, “Creating a Technology-Rich Classroom. It is such a blast to teach but it has definitely taken over my blogging time! Things have been fabulous in my class lately.  Around the holidays, I delved deeper into my fascination with all things PIRATE (read Dave Burgesses’ Teach Like a Pirate and you will understand!) and read Explore Like a PIRATE: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners.  Michael Matera is an amazing middle school teacher who has entirely gamified his classroom.  In his class students go on quests to learn new topics and solve problems.  I tried to do a Rome Quest last year and was minimally successful.  After reading this I decided to go all in and create a quest for Egypt.

Step 1: I came up with my backstory.  To get the kids hooked you need a r…

Not enough time and too much to do!

Life is soooooo hectic but great right now!  I'm teaching a grad class to help teachers integrate technology in their own classrooms and it is so fun!  It is also very time consuming and I have so much to blog about.  That will have to wait for another time.  I did want to show you all some of the items I made lately.  I am really trying to make my units accessible to all learners so please stop by and take a look whether you need to accommodate for children with learning disabilities, attention difficulties, or English language learners.



Beginnings of Ancient Greece



Declaration of Independence



Ancient Civilization of Mesopotamia WAR! - My kids looooooooved this!




Important Egyptian Pharaohs Interactive Notebook




Beginnings of Mesopotamia: Sumerian Game and Problems Solving - The kids had no idea they were learning when we played this.  They thought it was a big game and surprised themselves at what they actually had retained and understood by the end!


Sorry for the gratuitous plug!  I p…