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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Welcome to The Research Based Classroom

Happy New Year! This new blog is my New Year's resolution. I have spent the past year working on my First Grade Whimsies blog but thanks to Teaching Blog Traffic School (TBTS) I have decided to revamp. I actually only made it through Charity's lesson 3 before I started reconsidering. Reason #1 - Have you ever googled first grade blogs? There are a million! Seriously, I don't know how I could make mine stand out from all the great ones that already exist. Reason #2 - I definitely don't want to stay in first grade forever. I love it and all...but I really am dying to try 5th grade at some point. I just think I'm the kind of girl that needs a change once in a while. So why The Research Based Classroom? It's what I like to do - take research and put it into practice in the classroom. It's where my heart is right now. If I could just bring the perfect Ph.D. program closer to my home, I was a little younger and just a little more willing to go into student loan debt again, then I would definitely be applying and heading toward the university environment. But it's not and I'm not. So it's about time that my blog matches more of what I try to do.  Don't get me wrong, First Grade Whimsies was representative of my classroom but maybe not so representative of my teaching ideals. So welcome to The Research Based Classroom blog. It's not much to look at right now, but hang in there with me while it grows.


  1. I love your philosophy! I am pretty new to blogging myself, about 4 months in...but I love it. I try my best to think about best practice every second of the day (which gets exhausting!).

    Feel free to stop by:

    Good luck and happy new year!

  2. I just checked out your blog. I can already tell we are kindred spirits. I noticed that you are from Wisconsin. This year I have fallen in absolute love with using Cognitively Guided Instruction ( FYI it's from a professor in Wisconsin's book) and my students did their first math worksheet in December as grade level assessment. I am happy to say that my students did just as well as any other class yet they had no worksheet/drill and kill practice. I am your newest follower. I can't wait to spend more time reading through your ideas.

  3. I saw your blog on one of the Homework assignments for TBTS. The title really intrigued me. I like the idea. Keep up the great work.

    Greg aka Mr Elementary Math
    Mr Elementary Math Blog

  4. Thanks for the encouragement. I love the look of your blog. You had some great ideas already up and going. I will be back to check it out again.