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we're growing as teachers!

Learning and growing isn't just for students!  Great teachers are always seeking out new ideas, methods, strategies, technologies......Let's share the amazing books, seminars, courses or experiences that have improved the way we teach!

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Latest Activity: Sep 3, 2013

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Integrating Web 2.0 tools in the classroom 2 Replies

I'm taking a great PD grad course online through PBS called Cooperation and Collaboration in the 21st century.  One of the things we're discussing is the implementation of web 2.0 tools in the…Continue

Started by Laura Garms Woodside. Last reply by Audrey Colwell Feb 3, 2013.

Newbie Student Teachers! 5 Replies

Hey everyone - is anyone else out there a newbie student teacher, like me?I am so excited about getting into my student teaching in January and I'm doing everything I can to get prepared. I have a…Continue

Tags: organization, newbies, teaching, student

Started by Emily Brown. Last reply by Miss L Mar 12, 2012.

Risk and challenge in outdoor play 1 Reply

Hi Everyone,I've just joined the site and it looks really interesting.  You all have such amazing ideas to share.  I've just read this book about risk and challenge in early years outdoor play and it…Continue

Started by Joanne O'Raw. Last reply by Laura Garms Woodside Feb 19, 2012.

Give a Shout Out to Your Favorite Teaching Books! 12 Replies

Have you read/used a great education book lately?  Do you have an old favorite that's filled with dog-eared pages and sticky notes that you routinely use?  Review it for us here!

Started by Laura Garms Woodside. Last reply by joannedegiacomopetrie Jan 9, 2012.

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Comment by Audrey Colwell on February 3, 2013 at 12:51pm

When I think of growing as a teacher, I think of getting inspired and stepping out of my comfort zone to try something new!  I've started incorporating Whole Brain Teaching into my teaching more, because it's fun and engaging!  I've been reading a book by Ron Clark that has really got me pumped up to make learning more fun and impacting!  Check out my blog post to read about his fantastic, latest book.  This is my favorite quote from the book...

Comment by Lacey Whidden on July 30, 2012 at 12:42am

Hi all!

I am hosting a country wide post card swap! One class from each state will be accepted. All of the entries are first come first serve. What do you need? 49 postcards, labels (to make addressing and writing easy), and postage for each card. Please be aware that this is NOT a free project! It will cost a bit to buy those supplies, but I believe the swap will be worth it! I will collect each state's info and create a document with a label for each address, that will save you quite a bit of work! It's also a good idea to type out your message on a label and then have the kiddos attach them to the postcards, this will be a major time saver. ALL cards MUST be sent by the first of November. This will allow enough time for you to get them together and make sure they are all swapped in a timely manner. This is a great opportunity to teach letter writing, as well as social studies. I will probably read the postcards with my students, study each state briefly, Google Earth the address on the card, and I think it would be AWESOME to Skype with a class or two! :) (Let me know if you're interested in that as well).

Okay, now down to the nitty gritty....
So far I have filled slots for Florida (my state), California, and Indiana. THAT'S IT! I still have sooo many states to fill.

If you are interested please contact me via e-mail @ MissWhiddens2nds@gmail.com.

You may also contact me by leaving a comment on my blog @

Thanks so much,


p.s. Thanks to the wonderful Mrs.Saoud from Primary Graffiti for the awesome idea! :)

Comment by Carolyn Wilhelm on April 2, 2012 at 6:23pm

I have taught several grade levels and gifted ed, and they were all great experiences but it costs money to build resources and it takes time to build new curriculum materials.  This discussion may be better on a different group in We Teach.  My husband was a high tech "migrant worker" (joke but that describes it) and we moved to different towns in the 70's. It is amazing how much overlap there is between grade levels, and that is a little discouraging to see.  Repetition is the key to education it true!  

Comment by Keys4Education on April 1, 2012 at 1:00pm

A friend and I were talking the other day about switching grades.  Though some teachers are asked by their principal to move to another grade, other teachers CHOOSE to make a change.  We were wondering what it would be like to move from working in an elementary school to next year working in a middle school.  Have any of you made that decision and what are your thoughts now?

Comment by Tender tales on February 20, 2012 at 9:37am

Happy to join your group

Comment by Miss L on January 18, 2012 at 8:25pm

Its Whole Brain Teaching Wednesday, this week I'm discussing the strategy of "Teach-Ok". www.misslwholebrainteaching.blogspot.com

Comment by Ruth Bandstra on January 2, 2012 at 6:12pm

I am attempting to make differentiated homework using the Storytown series by Harcourt in the third grade. ANyone out there working on homework like that? It is tough to keep on thinking of new and different ideas so I would love to share. I am also not good at using all of this new stuff but want to learn!

Comment by Mo Ebner on October 19, 2011 at 4:22am
I use TV as a tool for teaching. I welcome you to check out my blog on the subject starting with my most recent article on a science show great for amusing and inspiring kids while teaching them real principles of science. http://tvteaches.com/?p=121 I've used this on my kids at a variety of ages and they still watch and rewatch the show and remember the lessons learned and quote them in scientific conversations.
Comment by Stacy Johnson on June 30, 2011 at 9:34pm
Just want to share a Writing Freebie that I use in my First Grade class.  Enjoy!
Comment by Mrs. Coe on June 20, 2011 at 12:44am

Very excited tojoin this group!



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