Monthly Archives: August 2014

New Beginnings!

Wow!  I can’t believe how time flies.  It has been a crazy, busy, fun week.  I have been hired to teach first grade at a local Catholic elementary school.  I was just hired last week, and school starts on Wednesday, the 20th.  As luck has it, the wing that I am teaching in had to have the floors waxed, and I could not get into my classroom until three days ago.   Being in the “pressure cooker” turned out to be okay.  I have a lot of my room almost completed, and will have pictures up at the beginning of next week.  I will look forward to showing them, once the room is all done, and as the students “leap into first grade.”  I bet you can guess what kind of theme I have going!  Stay tuned to see pictures.


5 Time Saving Ways Teachers can use Google Forms

Google has so much to offer. Thanks Indiana Jen for sharing this…

Indiana Jen

This is reblogged from my original post at Edudemic. It is part of my Google Drive series which includes “10 Things Every Teacher Should be able to do on Google Docs.”


One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Forms. If you’re unfamiliar with this, think of it as a way to create quick surveys that can be used for a number of applications. Google automatically aggregates this data into a Google Spreadsheet, making forms a great way to quickly collect and share information. I have seen educators and administrators use Google Forms in the most creative and inventive ways. If you’re just starting with Google Forms, here are five ways that you can use them to streamline your classroom!

Collect Contact Information

At the beginning of the year, I find that a great ice-breaker with my students is to share a Google…

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SAMR Swimming Lessons from: Hooked on INNOVATION blog

SAMR Swimming Lessons.  As I was reading blogs that I follow this morning, I found this amazing article from “HookED on INNOVATION.”  It is definitely worth the read.  The analogy of the pool is amazing! This is a first that I am forwarding to my readers on hartmansheartfelthappenings.  Enjoy teachers.  You don’t teach?  You will love the analogy of the pool and trying something new with technology.