Saturday, January 5, 2019

January 2019

We are in our final weeks of coding in grades K-5. Here is just a snapshot of the different skills we've learned so far: algorithms, programming, conditionals, measurement, angles, debugging, loops, and shapes. The students have been engrossed in both plugged and UNplugged lessons to learn about computer programing. We have also utilized our Robotic Makercart that includes: Dash and Dot Robots, Ozobots, Spheros and Code and Go Robotic Mice. We will be moving on to our research units in the coming weeks; although, all students are welcome to log into their classroom from anywhere they have internet access to keep coding!

Family update:

We are expecting Phenow baby #2 to arrive in the next few weeks! We are so excited. Mr. Johnson will be my long term substitute. Most of the students are familiar with him and very excited to see him in the classroom again!

We joined the rest of Minnesota in some outdoor adventures today as the weather was spectacular. Here are are a few pictures we snapped at River Bend Nature Center.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Computer Programming

In grades K-5 we are in full swing of learning to code with a variety of plugged and unplugged lessons from and All media classes next week will be participating in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered. Students will be working in the online coding studio from They will also be given the opportunity to tinker with the robots we have available from the makercart: Dash & Dot, robotic mice, spheros, and ozobots. Stay tuned for pictures of all the madness.. I mean fun, next week! : )

Friday, October 26, 2018

How is it almost November?

Whew! The school year is up and running at full speed. We are just about to wrap up the first quarter. The first quarter is all about media center orientation, books, authors, book award programs, using Google, finding reliable information, and much much more. The second quarter we learn all about computer programming in grades K-5. I can't wait to get some of our new (and old) robots up and running!

Here are some pictures of what we've been up to and also a picture update of Macee! Macee will be getting a little sister in just three short months. We can't wait!

Monday, September 17, 2018


We are back in the swing of things and it feels great!

Here is a sneak peak of what we are up to in each grade level:

Kindergarten: Chromebook challenges

First Grade: Touchpad practice on the Chromebooks

Second Grade: Practice logging into Google Drive

Third Grade: Destiny Quest (how to look books up in the media center)

Fourth Grade: Learning about Schoology and the MHL books

Fifth Grade: Learning about Schoology and the MHL books

Monday, July 23, 2018


I sure miss all of you! I hope you are having a splendid summer. We will be reunited before you know it! I've been very busy reading, working on our backyard, chasing Macee (and Louie, ruff ruff), and planning Macee's first birthday!

Enjoy some family pictures we took recently.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Summer 2018 Reading Calendar

The 2018 summer reading calendar is all set! Each day that you read 30 minutes you will color in the full day on the calendar. If you read 15 minutes you can color in half of the day. You can read with an adult, by yourself, or as a family. Happy Reading!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pear Deck

I am always up for trying new ideas to engage students in their learning. Often times I try out new ideas with the students. Literally right in front of them I try something that I am by no means an expert in. I may have just discovered it the night before! I model how I am a lifetime learner and I am learning new things each day just like they are. In third grade we started our research unit on nutrition. For this activity students were in groups of four. Each member of the group selected a color to read from the article. I highlighted the text in each article ahead of time in yellow, blue, pink, and orange.

After reading the article each group was provided an iPad. They entered in the code to join the online interactive lesson. We used Pear Deck for this. I had prepared the lesson with open ended questions regarding the nonfiction text that they had just read. Some of the questions were to share the main idea, illustrate a fact from the article, and to state the title and author of the article. The answers were displayed on the SmartBoard as they answered in on their iPads in their groups.

I enjoyed seeing the excitement and engagement during this lesson. The third graders were able to read one article yet learn about five others articles regarding nutrition and were able to share their learning with an authentic audience in just a 20 minute lesson. An iPad disconnected during the lesson and with another class an iPad would not display correctly and this is ok! We worked through it together as a class and learned some basic technology troubleshooting tricks for next time!

January 2019

We are in our final weeks of coding in grades K-5. Here is just a snapshot of the different skills we've learned so far: algorithms, pro...