You make your mark on the world through teaching.

Not many know about the countless hours and the thought you put into your instruction, but your students deserve it.

I see you, and I can make it easier!

I’m Hannah and I help discerning elementary teachers amplify their impact with carefully-tailored activities.

During my 8 years in the classroom, I discovered that I was picky! The haphazard school-provided curriculum was dull and didn’t meet my students’ needs.

 

I craved materials with a logical sequence, reasonable pace, and a high engagement factor …so I created my own! I draw on experience from schools across three different states and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education.

 

Using the lessons and units in my store, you can simplify your planning, meet your standards, and bring joy for learning into your classroom.

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  • I organize my closet in rainbow order.
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6 Comments

  1. Hello. Thought I’d let you know that I received at least 6 emails from you in a different language yesterday. I clicked on the link to your blog and it was still in another language.

    • Hi Alba,
      So sorry about that! I was trying to put a template on my blog and there was some “dummy content” that came with it so it automatically kicked out several gibberish blog posts to my followers. I’ve got it straightened out now. Thanks for looking out for me!

      Hannah

  2. Hi! I’m a 7th grade Humanities teacher, and believe it or not, these resources are a huge help. Thank you!
    I wanted to ask about the close reading chart. When you say in your blog entry that you ask text-dependent questions, do you mean on a separate page, following up from the strategy that they focused on during that round of reading? Or do you just mean a short-answer question like, “What is the main idea?”
    Sorry–I’m new to this!
    Thanks,
    Ms. L

    • Hi Ms. L!
      The term “text-dependent questions” just means that kids would need to use the text they had just read in order to answer the questions. Sometimes we ask kids comprehension questions where they’re mostly pulling from their own experience or ideas. For example, if kids had just read a text about living in the Artic and then were asked the question, “Would you like living in the Arctic?” They could probably answer that question without having read the text. There is a time and a place for those kinds of questions but in close reading it’s more about what is actually on the page. Your example of the main idea question is definitely text dependent. Other examples would be things like “What text structure does the author use in this piece?” or “What three artifacts did the scientists find?” You could even ask a question like, “Did this text change how you feel about eating meat? Why or why not?” In that case, the student is tapping into their own opinion/ideas but they should still be able to go back into the text and point to something that confirmed or changed their thinking. I find the question-answer-relationship model helpful for coming up with questions. The first three question types listed are text-dependent: http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/question_answer_relationship

      When I did close reading with second graders we verbally discussed the questions and answers as a group. You could have students write answers. Whatever is most appropriate for your students.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Hannah

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