Category Archives: Education

5 Time Saving Ways Teachers can use Google Forms

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

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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.

Student Teaching and Interviews!

I am so happy student teaching is right around the corner.  According to my advisor, “It’s in the works.”  I am planning on student teaching at a local public school that I have worked as an assistant, previously.  I will be working with a fabulous teacher that I have known and kept in touch with, via social media, since my departure from the school.

As I am excited about student teaching, it is difficult to see all the need for teachers in the private school system.  As I have five years experience with them as an instructional assistant, I know many of the principals through my work, and through my own children’s education.  I have always stated that I want to do this the right way.  Two principals have been holding me my word.  I think I can say, thankfully.  That allows me to want to push myself through the next three or four months.

Here’s the thing…my program requires student teaching at the end of the program, not like programs my coworkers have been involved in.  Student teaching is not paid, for those that do not know, and no…internships are not this college’s preference.

I have been able to go through the program, conveniently, as it is online.  Busy family…busy mom…online works to my benefit as I can do school work on my clock!  I had struggled with the tests that I needed to pass.  Thankfully, I have passed them all.   I also have had the benefit of the program’s patience when I was diverted off my path for a bit.

I just need a little more patience, as I am so close to the finish line.  There are interviews out there to be completed.  I will be completing them!  Contacts are important, even if this is all in God’s time!

A Collaborative Classroom

Preparing a lesson for student teaching led me to think about times in the classroom that require collaboration among the students.  In my opinion, collaboration needs to occur as soon as all members of the class enter the classroom walls.  During Back to School week, I like the idea of providing periodic ice-breakers.  This allows myself and students to get to know each other, along with getting to know each other better.  Some students will have been together since Kindergarten, learning new information, even in seventh or eighth grade.  When new students join the school, this helps to alleviate any anxiety they may have.

Collaboration does not take place one hundred percent of the time, however, when taking place, it is imperative for all to participate.  Implementing group work, it is crucial to pre-arrange student groups.  In thinking about student placement, I recommend scaffolding the groups, in order to have differing abilities within each group community.  To the seasoned teacher, this is not a surprise.  It offers opportunity for instructors to observe the groups, as well as give table and individual assistance when needed.  These groups will most likely change over time.  As students alternate groups, they are able to gain experience from unique backgrounds each student brings to the table.

I am a believer of giving each child a fresh start at the beginning of the school year.  One may hear stories of students from previous years.  Academics history may need a new teacher’s attention, in order to determine needs.  When considering student behavior, I like to think of each student walking through the classroom door with a clean slate.  That being said, it may take time to determine who works best with which group.

In working as a long-term substitute last year, I was left with a list of student needs, which was a benefit, however I determined the helpers and the students in need of assistance.  This allowed me to provide students with cohesive, complementary groups to collaborate when working in stations and group projects.  Also, there were opportunities for lessons in tolerance as well.

Overall, collaboration helps build strong communities, who in the end have opportunity for much success!



Study of Curriculum

As I have studied curriculum for a while now, I am excited to have received it for fourth grade, once again, as that is the grade I will be student teaching.  Within the excitement, and careful recovery of my elbow, I have been working on a Fiction Unit for a Language Arts Reading/Writing Study.  I have adapted a lesson from Mrs. Griswold of Queen of All Saints School, where I was employed for a long-term substitute job this past spring.  I have made a few adjustments to the lesson, previously taught, and I want to give credit where credit is due!

Readers will be seeing a bit of this unit, in the near future, as I study Common Core Standards that accompany it.  I will be happily learning along the path!

Teaching Portfolios…


Today, I have my teaching portfolio in mind.  Contained will be evidence from the following: second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh grades, as well as technology lab instruction; covering kindergarten through eigth grade material. I am currently adding material to my portfolio from my most recent long-term substitute job of fourth grade.  My portfolio is a definite work in progress.  I am thrilled to be at this point, preparing for my future teaching experience.

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  Today, while working on my portfolio, I received encouragement through a text from a friend that her fingers are crossed for me.  Her encouragement led me to send out my resume for a job listing on a current online board that I found.  I will be doing more and more of this, for sure!

It’s been a Pinteresting Day!

As I wait for my test results on my CSET Subtest I Exam, I find myself on Pinterest quite a bit today.  That’s right!  I have been Pinteresting!  (That word needs to be added to the dictionary, if not done yet!)

As I have taught in a substitute capacity, as well as a para-professional, I look forward to the day (hoping to have that day arrive soon) I can teach in an environment that I can call my own.  Before this can happen, I will be student teaching, completing Tasks 3 and Tasks 4 of the University of Phoenix’s Credential program.  It has been quite a haul, although a rewarding one to date.

Getting back to my vision…the environment will be filled with inspirations received from those I have taught along side.  The walls will be filled with ideas that have been blooming, in my head, for a while now.  The desks will be in various formations throughout the year.  Organization of the classroom, may be found as universal for all, with twists of differentiated instruction, all of which I have inspirations from Pinterest to thank!

In preparing for this adventure, my resume has resurfaced.  Most recent experience in the classroom has been added; going out to schools in the area, as I am in search of work for the 2014-2015 school year.  This is the point of my journey that my portfolio will be added to as well, prepping for the interviews!  Can’t wait to share some of that work here too!