Saturday, February 27, 2016

On the Same Day in March Collaboration

We're excited about joining in to share 
our weather with other classes from around the world
in this amazing project
surrounding weather and 
the book by Marilyn Singer

You can register to participate in
the sharing until Friday, March 4th.
by visisting
You can view a map of all the classes
that have already signed up to share

or check out the Twitter feed with the 
hashtag #SDIM16
Looking forward to connecting to 
see what the weather is like
in different areas across the world!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Super Reader Giveaway

Looking forward to reading more about how to help 
all my students become " A Super Reader" in this book
published by 
Their new book, Every Child a Super Reader: 7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible, published by Scholastic, offers a unique approach to reading instruction focused on building student’s strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses identified through assessment. Every Child a Super Reader helps educators, parents and caregivers learn how to develop children’s 7 Strengths that transform them into “Super Readers”—avid, passionate and critical readers. Includes reading and writing lessons, robust assessment tools, embedded videos and ready-to-share family resources.

Those are pretty powerful words...
critical readers...

I need some of that help in my room!

Thanks to Scholastic for generously allowing me to 
share one of these books.

Leave a comment below.
or Tweet me @swampfrogfirst
to enter the giveaway!

I'd love to hear about how you build your students' strengths
and put less light on their weaknesses!


Scholastic provided me this book for free so I could review it. 
I'm happy to share a copy with my readers as well! Let me know what you think :)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Writing in a Digital World

I'm an avid believer ...
 students need to be engaged in meaningful 
and authentic
forms of writing to share their thinking 
as well as their learning!

We write to penpals. 
They LOVE when those large envelopes come in the 
"snail mail" through the office.  
Great writing lessons come from sharing how
to put ideas into a letter format....

But...thinking in today's terms...writing a letter
"on paper"
is not how many of my students are going to communicate
as they get older...

I saw a stupendous idea on Instagram this week!
Mrs. Standford has her KINDERGARTNERS 
emailing her their writing!


What an authentic form of communication!
Typing skills 
Grammar Skills 
(capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence formation)
Formal Language vs. Informal tones...

She wrote a blog post on how she created the QR code
as well as what her students are writing...
The Primary Pack