Twitterific Idea

This past summer I had the lovely opportunity to have lunch with Debbie Clement, from Rainbows Within Reach.  She’s a fantastic lady, who gives so much to the field of education.  During our lunch she shared a new passion of hers:  #teacherfriends

2014-11-28_1620Every Tuesday #teacherfriends (that’s ME and YOU and ANYONE in education) meet for a scheduled Twitter Chat at 9PM EST.  New to Twitter?  Then attend the 30-minute “Practice Chat” prior to each week’s chat.  I’ve attended a couple of the chats already and encourage you to consider joining in on the fun.  In fact – plan to attend next Tuesday’s #teacherfriends Twitter Chat, because I’m “on deck” as the “GuestEduCelebrity”  —2014-11-26_1203

As you can see there are prizes involved.  Each Twitter Chat attendee, who enters the drawing via a Google Form document, will have a chance to win!  For next week, December 2, 2014, the winner will have a choice between a Premium Tech Tub or a Leveled Literacy System Easel.  I have both items and they would be WONDERFUL additions to anyone’s classroom.  A big THANK YOU and shout out to Copernicus Educational Products for next week’s prize!

Not able to attend next week?  Then check out the schedule for the next two months!


Hope to see you there!  =)

Integrated Themes

When you take a look at my schedule, you’ll notice that there is not a specific time set aside for science or social studies.  That’s because we integrate thematic units throughout our day.  For example, during our Me on the Map unit, we are reading maps, creating maps, writing about our maps, and learning about maps through digital and traditional literature.  You can visit specific blog posts that feature pictures and detailed information about each thematic unit.  Check them out below!


Me on the Map  ♦  Apples  ♦  Seasons  ♦  Weather  ♦  Habitats  ♦  Animal Groups  ♦

Ocean Life  ♦  Insects  ♦  States of Matter and Water Cycle  ♦  Community Helpers  ♦

Plant Growth  ♦

Whoah! Check THIS out.

I can’t believe the names on this list of upcoming Twitter Chats! And….MY NAME is with them. Wowzers! If you’re new to Twitter or never have participated in a Twitter Chat, I highly encourage you to consider attending. There’s a practice session that teaches you the ins and outs of Twitter Chats. It takes place right before the actual chat.

Add these to your calendar! I’ve attended a couple already, and they’re GREAT!


Good Luck Minis

While on my annual Schoolhouse GB shopping trip, I ran across a display at the checkout counter.  You know where this is leading…right?  =)  It was the kind of display that was purposely put at the checkout counter because buyers-beware:  What’s Displayed is Hard to Dismiss.  They were “Good Luck Minis” – small, miniature, plastic animal figurines.


Spinning the carousel of minis, I secretly hoped, “Let there be eagles, let there be eagles!”  And of course there were!  Because eagles are awesome.  That’s why!

You see, we are the Southern Door Eagles.  Our school is an Early Childhood – 12th Grade campus.  Our Eagle Pride runs strong!  We are also a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) school.  And I just had to have these little bitty eagles for our monthly elementary Super Star celebrations.


Classroom teachers nominate students for the monthly Super Star celebrations.  Nominees receive a medallion necklace, a certificate, and (in my classroom) a “Good Luck Mini” eagle.  I packaged them in a small craft, zipper top craft/bead baggie, with a label I had from a previous Vista Print order.

I’ve given out two month’s worth of Super Star nomination Mini Eagles.  The students LOVE them!  They actually match the larger eagle figurine that we have in our classroom.



Exciting News!

I received a call this morning that I was selected as the National Rural Teacher of the Year!  I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this news.  I just wanted to post a message about how grateful I am to work with a great TEAM of educators.  Daily I am amazed at the work that is done in schools for students and communities.  I am glad to be a part of that TEAM, from the local level at Southern Door Schools, in Door County Wisconsin, to schools across the world.  Thank you for all you do for students and communities!