Digital Interactive Notebooks

One thing I am most excited about for this coming school year’s flipped classroom are my digital notebooks! I will use Google Slides to help implement Reading and Math interactive notebooks. No more scissors and glues with the most incredibly small pieces of paper left behind! I know this will take some training at the front-end, but what doesn’t? My plan is to introduce my students to my Expectations Journal whole group. Then allow students to visit a device or use their own to explore it. The best part about it… they can’t mess it up! Students are better at technology than most adults, because they are fearless. The journal guides them as to where to type on each slide.

In my Google Drive, I have created a team named “Mrs. Williams’ Class” <–creative, right? **To add your own team drives, you simply click “New” at the top of the screen after clicking on “Team Drives”. Once you add it, here’s what it will look like!** I will add my students to it once I know who they are. Then, I can share out these journals to my students so they each make their own copy of it, and edit. They just click “File” and “Make a Copy”!


Sounds complicated, but from the research I’ve done, I think I can do it! The best thing about 2nd Graders, they are very forgiving! After 8 years of teaching 2nd Grade, I am excited to venture into this new method in the classroom. It will definitely keep me on my toes!

Be sure to check out our Expectations Journal for the first week of school!

Let the Projects Begin!

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As my last post shared, I am moving towards the flipped classroom model! As excited as I am, I am also focused on making sure I start the year on the right foot. I am a very Type A person, so I feel that organization is a huge benefit in the classroom. I’ve been working with my school staff to make sure that I don’t have any “extra” things in my room where possible. They are generous enough to store my science/ss textbooks in a separate storage area this coming year. This is HUGE as I will only have 4 desks in my room, and the rest of my seating will be tables or flexible seating. Most of my students are ELL so they typically struggle to read the textbooks independently, so I will use other digital and created resources to help scaffold my students in that subject!

On a separate note, I had two personal bookshelves that came to the end of their 8 year career. They looked more like the leaning tower than a shelf. Shelving can be expensive, but it is 100% necessary to me in the classroom (especially with no desks to store anything in anymore). I am a bargain hunter, so I went on a garage sale site to see what I could find. I was able to find a pretty solid 3 shelf book case that had seen better days, but was sturdy. So I snagged it for $10, and my crafty heart got to work! I was going to paint it at first, but on one of my Amazon “paroozing” nights, I came across these CUTE chevron shelf liners. They are contact paper rolls. If you have ever used contact paper you know the struggles I faced doing this project (especially being Type A)! In the end, I am happy with the final product. I decided I’m going to use this behind my small group table to house group materials. (Bo decided he was ready to make his debut in the before picture.)



Flipping Out!

Happy Friday~

I just recently confirmed I will be flipping my classroom next year! I am so excited to try something new as I enter my 9th year of teaching 2nd grade. Now that I am very familiar with the content (even though we all know how quickly that changes), I can’t wait to try new techniques of reaching the kids!

You may be saying…what do you mean, “flipping”?? I have been asked this a few times since announcing it a few days ago. SO, go check this quick video out to find out more.


All in all, I’m going to try having the students watch content videos at home (instead of hearing me lecture at school) with a quick check afterwards. Luckily, there are a lot of resources like learnzillion, nearpod, and others! Then, as they enter into the classroom- we will be able to do more application tasks with me to guide and support! What I have found in my years of Title I, is that a lot of time they don’t have a lot of support at home for many reasons. This way just seems to make sense to me for my “crew” as I call them.

I have slowly moved through blended learning the past few years, as more technology became available. Our fearless leader has helped me and another teacher who is taking this journey with me in the upper grades, receive more laptops for our classroom! Have you checked out Chromebooks?? They are THE JAM for students. They have everything students need, and nothing they don’t.

I am also going to try moving towards flexible seating—-a little nervous for this one, but I’m hoping that setting up hard expectations at the beginning of the year will roll well.

Be sure to let me know any tips and tricks you might have for flexible seating/blended learning! Also,  I have a donorschoose project right now for 3 more Chromebooks for the classroom! Feel free to check it out.


ELLs and NEPs writing!

Have you ever received a Spanish speaking student who spoke little to no English? Being ESOL certified, and over the past 8 years working with the ELL cluster classroom, I have never once received a student like this. I have seen students with low reading levels, broken English, or even ELLs that have moved into the monitor stage. This year, I had a new student join our class. I quickly realized that he did not speak any English. I am an ESOL certified teacher, therefore I do not receive ESOL push-in from the few ESOL dedicated teachers our school has acquired. I immediately knew my day was about to dramatically change. I want him to be engaged! I want him to grow as a learner!

My second graders are currently working on Personal Narrative writing. My NEP and I have worked on sight words, short sentences with basic words, and all the other fun “kindergarten” type of learning. This past week, he showed frustration in not being able to do what we are doing. So, I decided to get him as close as I can to the rest of my group. I am excited to try it out! I would love to share it with you, and hope it helps you and your English learners! Just click the blue link below!

English Language Learner Writing Pack


Save the Mess!

Whether you use composition notebooks for interactive notebooks, or traditional notetaking, these are lifesavers! So far, I have up the Unit 1 tabs created.

  1. Print on normal 8x 11 paper.
  2. Fold in half
  3. glue paper on front and back of journal page.
  4. front page will be the KWL (math), scores (reading), brainstorming (writing)
  5. back page is a list of skills we will work through for the first nine weeks.

VOILA! I am so excited to get these going this year! Just click HERE to check them out!demoInteractiveNotebookDividers2655630

To add to my Type A greatness (hah!), I created labels for each journal (Writing, Math, Reading). They are for the Avery labels that have 10 per sheet. Go –>HERE<– to check them out!


Busy Bees!

You guessed it! My theme this year (I’ve kind of skimped on the past couple of years, and this year am deciding to go for it!) are bumblebees. We are the “busy bees”. I created these center labels for Reading and Math center bins, as well as full page matching labels to put in the room so they know what area they should go to for that center! They are on my TPT… just click the picture links below to check them out!

Reading Center Labels                                                               Math Center Labels


Close Reading Packet

Close Reading is all the rage right now! As it should be! Close reading gets your students thinking about their reading, versus just being able to word call and answer the basic 5 Wh questions!

I have a new product active on TPT that gives directions on how to implement close reading passages, post text-evident sentence starter posters in your room, bookmarks for fiction and nonfiction closes reading marks, and paired texts of fiction and nonfiction just to get you rolling!

Be sure to go check it out! My class uses one a week, so if you do the same this will cover a whole month for you! —>>Pick up your set here! <<—

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