Writing my way through the school year!

I hated virtual teaching.

I said it.

I hated it.

You think it would have been easy because I am considered “tech-savvy.” Integrating tech when I teach is second nature for me. So, this should have been easy. Right?

Except, I hated it.

We started our mornings with our 5 minute Waiting Room, then moved on to our Virtual Morning Meeting. We played games on GimkitQuizizz, 99Math, and all the new and improved sites that were meant to engage the students in the square boxes. READ MORE

It’s funny how students take things you say every day and turn it into “a thing.”

Every morning I share the Morning Meeting slide with my class. (I tweaked someone else’s template).I always try to connect the topic to the National Day or things that are going on in the world.  In order to give my class a chance to talk about what they want to talk about, I would say,”Who has something to share outside of the topic? READ MORE…

I tell you, Amanda Gorman, really inspired me. I haven’t written a poem in years!


We are not  Superheroes.

We cannot leap 

Tall buildings in a single bound.

But, we can leap over obstacles

placed in the way

Of us “being best”… READ MORE.

There was a post on Twitter about a mother who sent her kid to school knowing they had tested positive for COVID.

As I am wont to do, I dived into the comments.

 A constant stream ran through the thread, noone should be upset with the adult. Instead we should blame society, the school, etc…., anyone but this adult who made the choice to send a kid to school with COVID.

Have we gone too far with expecting very little, or nothing at all, from our students and parents?

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When I learned how to create a Bitmoji slide, it was a game-changer for me. 

When I learned how to add the slide to Schoology and post as an update, I was over the moon! 

Yes, it’s the little things. 😎 READ MORE

I know DESMOS was made  for Math , but I have been using it for my Morning Meeting activities. I try to switch up the things that I post for them to do.

I found this list of “50 Icebreaker Questions for Kids” during my frantic search for ways to break the ice in September. 

The question that  most recently caught my eye was, “If it was raining meatballs, would you eat them?” 

Their responses made me laugh!

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The “Waiting Room”

I open my Zoom “door” at 8:40 a.m. every morning. Alexa helps me stay on track. My planning period is at 8 a.m., and sometimes, as you know, we get wrapped up in what we are doing and lose track of time.

Any way, one day as I was immersed  in the Bitmoji  FB group, and I came across a digital “Waiting Room.”(“Sharing is caring!”). 

 I was like, this is so cool, I want this for my students. I did what I so often do, I copied it and modified it a little. It had the rules, like “Mute Yourself” , a cool electronic timer, a Bitmoji character, and these really cool colors. READ MORE…

It’s time to go back to school.

And whether you are face-to face or virtual, making connections with your students is vital.
Here are a few digital  ideas for getting to know your students and/or letting your students get to know you. 


1. BINGO.The great thing about BINGOBaker is that there are thousands of ready-made cards or you can create your own BINGO. You can post images, text, and numbers on the BINGO card. 

There is a $14.99 LIFETIME fee if you want all the extras. I chose to go with the extras, which are very cool! There are also very simple directions on how to set it up and play on the site. (Looking at my old posts I realized I had written about Bingobaker in 2013)
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Originally posted on “Diary of a Public School Teacher”…(Blogger)

Would I die for my students? 
Probably.
Teachers have placed themselves in harm’s way for their students countless times.

But, not like this.
Not in a situation where decisions could be made that would keep our students and educators safe. 

A 61 year old educator in Arizonza was infected with COVID19, along  with two other educators who were working in the same classroom.  She died.They still don’t know if she got it from her family, and bought it into the classroom, or if she contracted it from another teacher. READ MORE…

Originally published on “Diary of a Public School Teacher” (Blogger)

This was a FB post and I had to share it.
After being attacked online by some troll who thinks I only work 8-3, and always have 3 paid months off, and who thinks I request school supplies for myself and not for my students, I had to write this rant. I’m getting so sick and tired of how teachers are viewed and treated. 

Teachers in all fifty states should stop using their own money in their classrooms. Just stop. If the children don’t have supplies, go hungry, if the room and supplies get broken down and dirty, whatever, let it happen. Then people can truly understand how much work and money teachers put in behind the scenes. If you paid for any of those decorations, books, science lab supplies, furniture, lamps, pillows, remove them from the classroom; let parents see how bare bones a classroom is without a teacher’s input. READ MORE

Originally posted on “Diary of a Public School Teacher!”(Blogger)

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