Four Ways to Maximize Your Cell Phone In the Classroom

The exponential growth of technology has made interactions a lot less personal. I often see friends sitting next to each other and simultaneously looking at their phones. Frequently my husband and I even spend time checking Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. I would say that in my personal life, my phone detracts from my relationships. However, below you will find 4 ways that your cell phone can actually help you in the classroom.

Managing Technology in the Classroom

I’m here today to talk about how I use technology in my first grade classroom. Technology these days is such an integral part of teaching! But it can also be a hassle if our management isn’t efficient and easy for our students. Here is how I set up my technology and how the students can access our classroom equipment. We have 4 iPads and 3 iPod shuffles. I set the expectations early on and my students rose to the challenge! They know exactly how to gather and put back our materials. They can reach the charging cords and they know to plug the iPads in at the end of the day.

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Digital Classroom Layout

First Grade Classroom: Digital Classroom Layout
Have you ever planned the arrangement of your room digitally with a Digital Classroom Layout?
Guess what, friends?! I am here today to make your life EASIER!
 Do you spend your first day of pre-planning moving your furniture around trying to figure out what setup is going to work for you? How about if you are a little ADD and get tired of looking at the same thing all year long?
Well… I am pretty much both of those people! But, I have decided that I need to work SMARTER, not harder.

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Book Clubs in 1st Grade

I am here today to tell you all about how I help my advanced readers to dig deeper into books independently!
I have a small group of about 4 kiddos who have consistently been reading above grade level all year. They cam to me already proficient at decoding and reading for meaning. In January, I decided it would be a great time to get them started in a little book club. (This is just what I call it because it’s easy for my kids to understand the terminology. And they were super excited about it being a ‘club’. You can call it anything you want to! Book club, literacy circle, literacy club, book talk, etc.)

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