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!

First Month of School Planning

It’s the night before the first day of school.  I’m in front of my computer right now, planning.  I’m trying a few different things this year, in hopes of accomplishing more, and remembering what it is that I want to accomplish the first days, weeks, month of school!

New:  SMARTboard Schedule ♦ Evernote To-Do Lists ♦ Anchor Chart Pre-Prep

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download-icon Download or View First Week of School SMARTboard File

I still use already-established practices that help me to get ready for the first month of school.

Continue to Use:  Literacy “First Days” ♦ Mentor Book Lists ♦ Lesson Plans ♦ Unit Plans

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download-icon View or Download the Literacy “First Month of School” Scope and Sequence

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download-icon View or Download my Mentor Book Lists

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download-icon View or Download Weekly Lesson Plans

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download-icon  View or Download Unit Plans for Reading/Writing

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 www.jmeacham.com → www.jessicameacham.com.  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.