Budding Bloggers Showcase: The Craft of Teaching

 Hi friends!  We're halfway through our work week so you know what that means.....
This week I'm showcasing Nichole from The Craft of Teaching.  She teaches 4th grade and started blogging this summer, so you may have seen her around Bloggyville, but just in case you've missed her somehow....read on!  Then, hop over, follow her blog and leave some bloggy LOVE!

 The Craft of Teaching
My name is Nichole Falkowski and I blog at The Craft of Teaching!
My husband and I love living in Colorado. We have been married for 10 years already! We don't have any human children, but we have two spoiled rotten Golden Retrievers and a crotchety tabby cat. When I'm not teaching or blogging, I quilt and scrapbook. I'm also a HUGE sports fan - GO BRONCOS!

This year, I am teaching 4th grade and loving it! Last year, I did a 4/5 multiage and had a rough time of it. I have been teaching for 10 years (wow - I can't believe that I'm actually saying a number with two digits in it already!). I really feel like my heart is in the upper grades, and I feel lucky I've been able to stay there.

I love teaching math! I used to hate it, but I went back to school and got a Master's degree in mathematics education and it changed everything about how I teach math and I love it now! I always tease my students that, even if they hate math at the beginning of the year, they will LOOOOOVE it by the end.

If anyone popped into my classroom unannounced, they might have a hard time finding me! I'm often sitting at the table with the students or on the floor with a group. Most of our days are spent working in collaborative groups or doing Daily 5 rotations. 


One of my very favorite classroom activities happens in the fall. Every year, my mom comes and we make applesauce in the crock pot. Every student has the opportunity to help with the recipe, and while they aren't helping they are observing their own apples and writing apple poems using their 5 senses. They put their poems on die-cut apples and we hang them in the hallway. The kids have so much fun and I'm always blown away by the amazing poems they create! 

When I have a tough day, it always helps me to remember that tomorrow is a brand new day! I also love to have chocolate - or any other comfort food that I can get my hands on. Spending time with my husband also seems to ease the load of a stressful day - I'm lucky to have him!

My favorite, must-have, can't live without teaching resource has to be my document camera/projector/SmartBoard combo. I know, I know....that's three things! But since they all have to be connected to work together in harmony, I'm calling it one! They mounted our projectors this year, and I was without one for about 3 days...everything felt out of sorts. :-/ Now that it's up though, I love it! We use the combo for just about everything...sharing work, modeling, interactive lessons...you name it!
This year, as a blogger, I want to focus on making time to post at least a couple of times a week. I enjoy it so much and I love being a part of the blogging community!

I hope you all can pop over and check out what's happening at my blog!

 The Craft of Teaching

 Thank you to Amanda for featuring me here! It is an honor and I'm truly grateful!

Thanks so much Nichole!!  It was an honor to have you post on my blog!

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  1. I love that you feature new bloggers each week! I love finding new blogs to follow and making new bloggy friends! :)

    Happy Wednesday!
    Primary Teacherhood

  2. I really like this blog feature! Thanks so much for organizing it, Amanda :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  3. Thanks so much, Amanda! :-) You just totally made my Wednesday!

    Craft of Teaching


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