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Virtual Intervention, Enrichment, and a Creative Writing Challenge: 3 Projects to Increase Student Learning in November

It goes without saying that the 2020-2021 school year has been a year like no other. Before I met with students’ parents this Friday for our first Parent Teacher Conferences, I wanted to create several virtual activities that 1) students were motivated to complete, 2) could be accessible throughout the year no matter whether studentsContinue reading “Virtual Intervention, Enrichment, and a Creative Writing Challenge: 3 Projects to Increase Student Learning in November”

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My Favorite Distance Learning Projects So Far: Location of Latino Smithsonian and Holy Trinity Action Cards

As many teachers come to the end of the first quarter of the school year across the United States, many of us are still feeling the strain of a string of seemingly unending changes. As children and adults have been learning how to learn at home, returning to learning at school, and toggling back betweenContinue reading “My Favorite Distance Learning Projects So Far: Location of Latino Smithsonian and Holy Trinity Action Cards”

Day 1 of Blended Learning

At long last, a group of 5 students from third grade became my first blended learning students yesterday! As a new teacher to this school, the majority of these students I had met just once before, at their First Communion Service. In some ways, having students come into the classroom after I had seen theirContinue reading “Day 1 of Blended Learning”

Classroom Design 2020: Stirring up the Peace of God

As I’ve been preparing to welcome small groups of students back come Mid-October, I’ve been as intentional as possible to create a calming classroom space. Here are some elements I’ve chosen to include to develop that kind of atmosphere for my students. As many plants as possible With the help of a handful of donors,Continue reading “Classroom Design 2020: Stirring up the Peace of God”

Designing a Coronavirus Compliant Classroom

Starting a new job this year has been nothing if not eventful. But after a warm welcome and a week of meeting my colleagues, I was finally in my classroom! The bare walls and open floor plan cried out, “So…what about coronavirus?” At this point, nearly every active teacher in America has been reflecting onContinue reading “Designing a Coronavirus Compliant Classroom”