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Nicole Calderbank
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Geometry - Shapes in DC
When you live in the DC Metro area, your kids really know their landmark buildings...

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Responsive Classroom - Our Class Promise
In my classroom we say the pledge of allegiance everyday as American citizens and then we recite "Our Class Promise" as well to make sure that we remember what it takes to make the day amazing. We reinforce behaviors and strategies when we say our promise. ...

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Narrative Writing - Teaching/Learning Rubric
I love rubrics! Seriously, the students learn so much from creating a learning rubric. The growth is amazing! Here is a writing rubric I created with my kinders. They helped design the whole thing. Each component took us a couple of days to learn and practi...

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Benchmark Literacy Word Work Freebie
Started a new reading program this year... Hopefully will be able to roll out and share new ideas as I test them out in "the lab". The next three weeks are vital. We had a slew of Snow Days and I'm just trying to get as much good learning in as possible. En...

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Guided Reading Planner and Note Taker
I love my guided reading groups! We learn so much together in such a short amount of time. I wanted to make sure I was getting the MOST out of each group session, so I copied the LLI format and made templates to record my lessons and student observations. C...

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Happy International Women's Day!
Women all over the world probably aren't doing anything else special today other than what they are already doing, which is... Kicking B-U-T-T! You go girls! I am super proud to be a wife, mom, and teacher. I am grateful that there are women brave enough to...

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Dreaming of Blogging Again...
I miss you little blog that could...
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