“So, how was it being back??”

I know everyone is wondering, musing, and dying from anticipation to know: How was Mr. Graham’s first week back?? In short, it was amazing.  (if that’s all you have time for, there ya go!) In medium, There were a TON of perks to being back in person (duh), and a few cons. Like everyone probablyContinue reading ““So, how was it being back??””

The Light Is Finally Here

10 Things I Won’t Miss Repeatedly saying things like, “Oh, looks like you cut out, can you repeat that again?” or “Oops, you’re unmuted again.” And you’re yelling at your sister again. Texting parents that their child isn’t in class, then parents responding with “She had school today?” No. This is the only Wednesday ofContinue reading “The Light Is Finally Here”

Short Stories From a Distance: The Teacher Has Spoken

It’s Been A While

An update with the help of Michael Scott. It’s been quite a while, actually. “Who are you, again?” you might be wondering. Where have I been? Where am I going? Who knows, it’s still 2020. Where have you been? Here’s the thing: I have “been away” for a few reasons. Some of the reason isContinue reading “It’s Been A While”

Saving Hours Upon Hours with Digital Lesson Plans

3. Correlate Days and Weeks to a Master Schedule If you always do “Compare and Contrast” in Week 3, or you practice Area and Perimeter in April, make sure your activities match the weeks/days of the year. If you accurately record your activities, next year when you’re planning, all you have to do is changeContinue reading “Saving Hours Upon Hours with Digital Lesson Plans”

Expressing Distance Expectations For Our Families

As we begin a distanced year, it’s important to gear up for another whacky experience behind our webcams. We have to take into account what went well last year, and what really, really didn’t. My 5th grade team put together a quick presentation about expectations for students and parents. I’m hoping to share what weContinue reading “Expressing Distance Expectations For Our Families”

3 Pros and Tips for Google Forms

The first time I used Google Forms, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I basically saw a purple rectangle in the G-Suite and said, “Cool! I like purple! What does this do..?” Turns out, there are some really awesome features in Google Forms that can fill a virtual need in a classroom: inContinue reading “3 Pros and Tips for Google Forms”

Self-Made Survival Concepts for Going Back-To-School from a Distance

As virtual doors are reopening over the next few weeks, I decided to create 10 “commandments” for myself. There is a need to start mentally preparing for a wacky beginning in an uncertain time. Some schools around the country have already started the process; my cousin in Tennessee has been Zooming since August 4th! (LordContinue reading “Self-Made Survival Concepts for Going Back-To-School from a Distance”