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Sunday, March 19, 2017

You've Got the Whole World in Your Hands...!

The Globe!

L.S. 2015

E.C. 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Social Emotional Learning

“If there isn’t a level of intimacy or comfort in the classroom, students won’t put themselves out there.”
– Molly Dill, government and economics teacher,
Springfield Renaissance School

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


"Count on Reading," by Joanie Welch

What can you count on your whole life long?
A key that opens a door so strong.
Behind that door is a store of knowledge.
We've got it now, needn't wait for college.
What is the answer, what is the key?
It's R-E-A-D-I-N-G!
When we were tiny, big books we would hold.
We couldn't read them, but they were gold.
Our parents read to us, and that gave us pleasure.
Those words on the page were such a treasure.
They taught us some words, they gave the first key.
To R-E-A-D-I-N-G!

Then off to school we went with expectation.
We learned that reading is the key to education.
We read for fun, and we read to explore.
Our teachers urged us to read even more.
They taught us to research and write what we see
From R-E-A-D-I-N-G!

When we're older, we'll still read every day.
For people who matter have shown us the way.
Our parents, our teachers all love to read.
They've encouraged us and planted a seed.
That seed will grow and will form a tree
Of R-E-A-D-I-N-G!

So, if you're a teacher, pass along the joy
Of unlocking reading for a young girl or boy.
When those letters form words that a child can read,
That spells success, and it fills a need.
It opens doors that you may never see
To R-E-A-D-I-N-G!

What can we count on, once we have the key?
An open door where the mind soars free.
Books to read are a child's greatest treasure.
They're a gift of love beyond all measure.
So pass along the gift and all children will be

Friday, December 16, 2016


A positive word of encouragement can help change anyone's destiny.

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Craneville School Presents The Lion King December 9, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Dream Big Dreams

You Can Learn Anything
Khan Academy

The power of believing that you can improve!
Carol Dweck

Saturday, October 22, 2016

5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character

Help Craneville Students

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Super, Duper Standards Based Report Cards

I’m in tears, overjoyed to see the final standards based report card that will be sent home with our kiddos… The report card committee and the behind the scenes work was an amazing journey and I’m so, so happy that I was a part of the process!!!! 😊 ❤️ 

Because being a teacher is more than just a job...

Saturday, October 8, 2016

No Pun Intended...

A little, light weekend reading... no pun intended... LOL...
And, grammar lesson, all in one! 
The term "no pun intended" is said when someone says something that may have a double meaning and inadvertently relates to the topic they are discussing. Often, people add the phrase "no pun intended" at the end of a line they realize just generated a pun, or sometimes they actually say it to emphasize the pun.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Growth Mindset

"Most people are held back not by their innate ability, but by their mindset. They think intelligence is fixed, but it isn’t. Your brain is like a muscle. The more you use it and struggle, the more it grows.

New research shows we can take control of our ability to learn. We can all become better learners. We just need to build our brains in the right way." ~ Khan Academy

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kindergarten & 4th Grade Buddies | September 2016

What are buddy classes? Answer: Magical! Pairing whole classes of older and younger students for academic and recreational activities to help build caring cross-age relationships. Adapted from Center for Collaborative Classroom...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

All this before lunch...!

  • Morning Meeting - Respect Agreement
  • Math Workshop - Khan Academy
  • Reading Workshop - Partner Reading
  • Classroom Comfort - Room Arrangements Designed by Students