Michelle TeGrootenhuis
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  • Hospers, Iowa
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iPod Touch grade 3-5

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michelle TeGrootenhuis Apr 28, 2011. 3 Replies

Blogging on CR2.0 question

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Hospers Elementary/MOC-FV CSD
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About Me
I've consolidated my blog & website. Visit http://www.mrstg.com

Taught 2nd grade for 12 years.
Began teaching 5th grade in 2007
K-5 Reading/Language Arts Curriculum Specialist

Active member of our church.
LOVE going to all kinds of ball games, especially those of my two kids.
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My Kids

Hot Air Balloon Ride over our farm in Iowa

Michelle TeGrootenhuis's Blog

Blog moved to website

Posted on August 11, 2010 at 12:44pm 0 Comments

Hi! Please check out my new blog which I have combined with my website. You can see it at http://www.mrstg.com .

Are You Modeling a Passion for Reading?

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 6:57pm 0 Comments

I adore "The 2 Sisters" Gail Boushey & Joan Moser of The Daily Five and the CAFE Book fame. (If you're not sure, ask an ELEMENTARY teacher--they'll fill you in!) This morning, in my Inbox, I was excited to see their "Tip of the Week" from their site http://www.thedailycafe.com. This week they were remembering something Regie Routman had once said at a… Continue

Snow Days & Pretzels

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Just wanted to let you know that it IS possible to make pretzels at home from SCRATCH. We had our FIFTH, (yep, count 'em: 1, 2, 3, 4, FIVE), snow day of the year (and it's only January) and I finally mustered up the nerve to try that recipe from food network that had been hanging on my frig for months. For my first attempt at something with YEAST and completely… Continue

Joy of Teaching Day 5--KIDS

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 10:30am 0 Comments

So, as I wrap up this experiment to specifically notice joyful moments in my teaching day, I just have to point out that honestly, the biggest reason I love my job, as corny as it sounds, is the kids. A mentor of mine (Mrs. Martha [Marty] Patton, Bless her soul) put this love of children so eloquently in a poem. This poem was printed along side her obituary and I have had it posted in my classroom ever since. It touches my heart every time I glance at it.

I am a… Continue

Joy of Teaching--Day 4 Winter Writing Projects

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

One summer I heard a speaker say, "Is it cute, or does it count?" Meaning, is that activity actually helping the kids LEARN something. Since then, I've cut back on the "artsy/craftsy" activities in my room. Posters, mobiles, dioramas, etc only get made IF they truly reflect actual LEARNING,


once a year,

right after Christmas vacation… Continue

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At 9:56am on December 15, 2008, Brooke Saalman said…
Thank you for the welcome! I am glad to be here!
At 6:46pm on December 10, 2008, Meghan Schaefer said…
Thanks so much!
At 12:46pm on September 23, 2008, Karen Fasimpaur said…
Thanks for the info. It was very useful.
At 10:37am on September 23, 2008, Karen Fasimpaur said…
Hi, Michelle. I just read a comment of yours about Class Blogmeister and wondered if you have used this tool. I thought I had heard that it has not always reliably available, but am not sure. I am looking for a hosted blogging tool that doesn't require student emails, but that students can post (not just comments, but as main authors). I am leaning toward Wordpress (which is what I used personally), but am researching Class Blogmeister as well.

Thanks for any insights you can lend!
At 11:34am on September 10, 2008, Rebecca Pilver said…
Hi Michelle
Thanks for contacting me about the DRA2 powerpoint.
I've uploaded to the DRA discussion.

At 12:43pm on August 10, 2008, Sharon Fien said…
Thank you for your invite!! I think I joined- not sure it it went thru. I love Karen Kingsbury books too!!
Sharon Fien
At 6:29am on August 10, 2008, Wally Katolik said…
Thanks Michelle. I used my Vietnam Era GI Bill benefits to complete the certification requirements and a Master's in Middle Grades Education in NC. Educational software sales was a transitional period until I settled into my current full-time teaching position in Bensalem, PA.
At 4:23pm on August 2, 2008, Nancy Bosch said…
A student's dad set up the blog using Drupal and he serves it. It seems like a perfect solution. We did use student emails with a company called think.com. As of this summer they no longer have email so we are changing to something else, maybe epals. Student email seems to be a non issue with my district and parents, I just make sure I have signed parent permission forms.
At 9:32am on August 1, 2008, Tina Fortenberry said…
Thanks Michelle for the invite to the Elementary Reading Teachers group. I think I will find some great info there. Your blog is great. I am just getting started so I have a lot to learn.
At 11:42pm on July 29, 2008, Bobby said…
Great to hear you liked the songs! Yeah, come join the Teacher's Life NATION! I'll take you up on that interview at some point! If you join the group, that would be a great way to start chatting.
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