March is the month that makes many teachers feel queasy because winter break has happened already and spring break seems so far away. Here are a few of my favorite activities to make the long month of March fly by!

Do you use task cards in your classroom? If you answered YES, then you should give Boom Learninga try because it is basically a task card's trendier cousin aka a digital task card. Boom decks can be used on interactive whiteboards, computers, and tablets that have modern browsers (released within the last three years).

There are many things to like about Boom Cards™, but here are some reasons why I LOVE them:

Are you using Google Classroom? I started using it a few years ago and I LOVE it! Fun fact: You
don’t need to be a 1:1 school to use it! I have access to a shared Chromebook cart and use Google
Classroom every day. I have embraced the power of digital learning in my classroom and you can, too.

The Basics
Google Classroom is a free web service for schools, non-profits, or anyone with a personal Google
Account. It helps educators to connect with students and can be used to encourage collaboration
between students, collaboration between teachers, and to streamline and manage assignments.
Google Classroom can also help teachers move towards a paperless environment.

Many school district’s use a G Suite for Education account. Teachers and students log in with an email address specific to the school. The school’s admin team or technology coordinator usually distributes the information needed. Very often the email addresses are not actual email addresses. Districts can choose whether or not to allow students to access the email features. You can use Google Classroom with a personal Google account, too. Make sure you check in with your district before getting started. You can find out more about G Suite for Education with a simple Google search.

Make it easy on yourself and develop a system for keeping track of the passwords. My students fill out a
password card and glue it into their student planners. I also keep a file on my computer for when a
student forgets his/her password. If you are interested in a set of the password cards click here.

Google Classroom is super easy to implement. Sign up, create a class, add students, and go! Teachers can share information, announcements, assignments, and questions quickly and easily in the class stream. In my opinion, this is a game changer for organization. All students see the same information and it is centrally located. Students can see what tasks and assignments need to be completed and when they are due.

Getting Started
Are you ready? Woo hoo! Let’s get started. Head to and sign in. It will look like this (without the classes you see) when you log in.

You can set up one class or multiple classes. I am a 5th grade teacher and teach all subject areas. I have a class for each subject area. To get started click on the plus sign. Check out this video for step by step instructions on how to set up a class within Google Classroom.

Are you teaching multiplication? The standard, or traditional, multiplication algorithm can be tricky for students to master. There are many steps involved in the process and it is really easy to make a mistake! Here are 4 quick tips to help.
October is almost here!  I love the fall and the things that come with it - even parent teacher conferences. Yes, I love parent conferences because I finally have a system that works for me.  It has taken a lot of time and energy to figure out the best way to organize, plan, and run effective parent conferences. Read on if you'd like to hear my tips!
Conference Sign Ups
Organizing the conference sign ups was my least favorite part of the process UNTIL I was introduced to my new best friend: Sign Up Genius.  Sign Up Genius is a game changer!
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