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September 5, 2017

Welcome 2017-18 Top Teaching Bloggers!

By The Scholastic.com Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Our Top Teaching bloggers have been busy since mid-August with brand new blog posts and they will keep 'em coming throughout the school year! Look for tactics and tips tested in real classrooms. Visit them for grade-specific advice and general strategies. Come back for resources and ideas on seasonal topics to teach in your class such as the First Thanksgiving, Black History Month, and Earth Day.

    A few topics that you will find tons of tips on are:

    • Classroom Management
    • Student Assessment
    • Project Based Learning
    • Classroom Organization
    • Reading Centers

    So. Much. MORE!

    To give you a snapshot into their personalities, we asked each of our 12 bloggers to answer three questions:

    1. What is your favorite teaching tool?
    2. What adjective best describes your teaching style?
    3. What surprise item would we find in your desk?

    Read on for their answers, then visit them on their blog pages and leave a note in the comment section of their latest posts!

    Our Top Teaching bloggers have been busy since mid-August with brand new blog posts and they will keep 'em coming throughout the school year! Look for tactics and tips tested in real classrooms. Visit them for grade-specific advice and general strategies. Come back for resources and ideas on seasonal topics to teach in your class such as the First Thanksgiving, Black History Month, and Earth Day.

    A few topics that you will find tons of tips on are:

    • Classroom Management
    • Student Assessment
    • Project Based Learning
    • Classroom Organization
    • Reading Centers

    So. Much. MORE!

    To give you a snapshot into their personalities, we asked each of our 12 bloggers to answer three questions:

    1. What is your favorite teaching tool?
    2. What adjective best describes your teaching style?
    3. What surprise item would we find in your desk?

    Read on for their answers, then visit them on their blog pages and leave a note in the comment section of their latest posts!

2017-18 Top Teaching Blog Team

Meet Sandy Carrillo

My favorite teaching tool is The Author's Chair. It can be paired with a book, a song, or a prompt. It also strengthens the classroom community through sharing, listening, and communication.

My teaching style? Passionate!

The surprising item(s) you would find in my desk drawer: Snow White memorabilia, Dallas Cowboys trading cards, Smencils.

Read Sandy's latest post, "Preschool First Days: First Impressions."

Read more about Sandy.

Meet Shari Carter

My favorite tool is a book — especially ones that teach children to have empathy and to be kind. I also love a good read-aloud that makes my children giggle and laugh!

An adjective that describes my teaching style is wholehearted!

The surprising item you'd find in my desk drawer: sweet sticky notes from my daughter, Ally (priceless and make me smile each and every day).

Read Shari's latest post, "Getting to Know Your Students and Building Caring Communities."

Read more about Shari.

Meet Nancy Jang

My favorite teaching tool is a great book! I have a great book to teach every concept from cookbooks that teach measurement to Elephant & Piggie books that teach social skills.


My teaching style is creative! Whether performing plays or making robots, creating something is the best way to help cement the learning!

Bizarre item in my desk? Flip flops! (Sometimes my adorable dress shoes get a little uncomfortable after a long day of teaching!)

Read Nancy's latest post, "The Great Pencil Dilemma."

Read more about Nancy.

Meet Juan Gonzalez

My favorite teaching tool is a book! Books inspire lesson ideas, start conversations, and help build a classroom family.

An adjective that describes my teaching style? Passionate!

The surprising item you'd find in my desk drawer is blueberry scented paper. Who doesn't love bizarre office supplies?

Read Juan's latest post, "5 Creative Ways to Engage Readers With Books."

Read more about Juan.

Meet Julie Ballew

I was going to say my favorite tool is a book, but in the interest of variety, I’ll go with my writer’s notebook. Don’t know how I’d teach writing without it.

An adjective to describe my teaching style is flexible. (Trying to think of a word to describe how my teaching hinges on as much student choice as possible.)

In my desk drawer, you might be surprised to find: three different kinds of air pumps. (Somebody’s got to keep those yoga balls inflated.)

Read Julie's latest post, "5 Ways I Organize My Classroom and Myself: Don't Drown in Details."

Read more about Julie.

Meet Mary Blow

My favorite teaching tool is my agenda board that outlines the daily goal and the steps we need to accomplish to meet the goal.

An adjective that describes my teaching style is responsive. I am not afraid to stop instruction to help students resolve problems or swap a passage for a current event so my students connect learning to the real world. 

In my desk drawer is a maraca, a gift from a former student who traveled to Mexico. I used to use it to notify students that a shift was occurring in the classroom. Now, I have a timer, but I can't part with this memento.

Read Mary's latest post, "DIY File Cabinet Makeover."

Read more about Mary.

Meet John DePasquale

My favorite teaching tool? Sticky notes!

An adjective that best describes my teaching style is intentional — but also punny!

The surprising item you'd find in my desk drawer: red glitter nail polish.

Read John's latest post, "Tips for Building Positive Relationships With Families."

Read more about John.

Meet Genia Connell

My favorite teaching tool is chart paper and Mr. Sketch smelly markers.

Adjectives that describe my teaching style: innovative and enthusiastic.

The surprising item you'd find in my desk drawer is instant oatmeal!

Read Genia's latest post, "The Year of Disrupted Thinking."

Read more about Genia.

Meet Meghan Everette

My favorite teaching tool? Really good chart markers.

An adjective that best describes my teaching style is engaging.

The surprising item you'd find in my desk drawer: egg cartons!

Read Meghan's latest post, "Reflections From Finland: The Grass is Always Greener."

Read more about Meghan.

Meet Kriscia Cabral

My favorite teaching tool would be any seat for a kiddo to sit next to me and have a conversation. I love connecting with my students and letting them know that I'm there to listen.

My teaching style is energetic and surprising. I like to keep my kids on their toes!

The bizarre item you'll find in my desk: Mr. Sketch Scented Markers — TONS of them! Kids will do just about anything for a scented heart from Mrs. Cabral!

Read Kriscia's latest post, "Magic Maker Cubes: Building Creativity, Kindness, and Collaboration."

Read more about Kriscia.

Meet Brian Smith

My favorite teaching tool would be my sense of humor.

An adjective that describes my teaching style: personalized and joyous!

The surprising item you would find in my desk drawer is a plastic nose where you stick a pencil up a nostril and then sharpen it. (See favorite teaching tool.)

Read Brian's latest post, "Make Reading a Priority for Your Students in 5 Easy Steps."

Read more about Brian.

Meet Rhonda Stewart

My favorite teaching tool is a book. I love teaching from any kind of book:  picture, chapter, short story, or informational.

The adjective that describes my teaching style is energetic (I would also say
humorous — I love to laugh and be silly!).

I don't have a desk. But I do have a small survival kit pouch in my closet with
everything from shampoo to needle and thread.

Read Rhonda's latest post, "Welcoming Students on the First Day of School."

Read more about Rhonda.

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