Intelligence: Fixed or Growth?

I just read this article (and watched the associated video). I found both thought-provoking.

Three thoughts and decisions after reading it:

1.  I want to be more intentional with the feedback I give my students — encouraging them to learn from their mistakes, failures, and challenges.

2. I can learn to code.  I will learn to code.

3.  I will view my future failures in a different light.

New Curtains

In an effort to tone down my classroom (remove unnecessary color), I replaced my previous curtains with new ones!

Opening Files


By now, many of you have come to realize that I’ve moved my site from →  Both domain names will exist and direct visitors to this site.

One of the biggest changes will be how files are downloaded or viewed.  Before, they were stored on my site’s sever.  I’ve moved them to cloud servers.

Search-icon (1) How to Download or View Files

For those that are not familiar with how to download files from Google Drive or Dropbox, you can view my tutorial.

SMARTboard Files

Looking for SMARTboard files?  I might have something you can use!

SMARTboard Files by J. Meacham

When you open the link to the SMARTboard files, a Google Doc will open that contains links to all of the SMARTboard files that I’ve created.  Feel free to download, use, and of course adapt to fit your kids’ needs!

download-icon View and download SMARTboard files!

Mentor Books

Our classroom has over 2,000 books in it.  They are well used throughout the year.  In addition to using these books we also utilize books from our school library as well as books from the Door County Libraries.  I love their online book request system.  I choose up to 15 books to reserve and they are all sent to one library of my choice for pick up!  Yay for easy-peasy!

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The problem I started having with using so many books, from three different sources, was remembering which books came from where, as well as what books I used for what, and when I needed the books.  To solve these problems, I came up with a Mentor Books list.


CL – classroom library          SL – school library          PL – public library

download-icon View and Download Mentor Text Book Lists