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What do you teach? Are you currently teaching?
I taught K-4 Special Education for four years in Chicago Public Schools. I am taking a year out of the classroom this year to focus on self care and creating resources!

What do you use on your curly hair?
Believe it or not, this is the most frequently asked question I get on instagram! I am a Deva Curl girl all the way. I use the shampoo and conditioner (find it on Amazon here) a few times a week. I buy the gigantic salon-size bottles and they last for weeks and weeks. When my hair's soaking wet, I put in the Ultra Defining Gel and let it air dry. After it's dry, you break the gel cast and your curls come out natural looking minus the frizz. I never brush, blow dry, or straighten it.

What kind of dog do you have?
Hippo is a six-year-old black pug, and his "sister" Olivia is a six-year-old red dachshund. You can follow them on instagram @hippopug


  1. Hello! I love the system you use in the resource classroom with groupings and centers. I took a new position in a resource classroom and I was previously self-contained teacher and I loved my task boxes! It was an extremely structured classroom. I am looking for your input about how to schedule something similar to your class. The trouble I am having is that my two big groups are only with me for 30 minutes in am and 37 minutes in pm but are supposed to work on reading and math. Some students come both times but some only come once. How would you navigate this classroom if you were in my situation? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Brianna! Thanks for your comment! 30 minutes is a short time for a big group for reading resource. It depends what their goals are (comprehension or decoding or both), but my first thought would be whole group mini-lesson for 15 minutes and then 15 minutes with the group split into two- one small group working with you, the other completing centers/task boxes. Then the next day you switch the small groups. Or, if you don't need to do a mini lesson, just meet together on the rug for five minutes and then you have time to do two 12 minute rotations. I'm just assuming the 30 minutes in the morning is dedicated reading and the 37 in the afternoon is dedicated math- is that the case? Feel free to email me at thedesignerteacher@gmail.com if that's easier!

  2. You mentioned that you use an inexpensive Kindle Fire for the kids to take a picture of their completed work. Could you elaborate on that a little bit for me? Do they email you the picture, or how does that work? I love the idea, but I want to make it as easy on myself as possible. Thank you for your time.

    1. I just have them take the picture and then I check the tablet for the pictures if needed. I honestly didn't check them all that often, it was more of a way to add accountability for the students. It kept them on task to know they were going to take a picture at the end! They could email the picture though, that's a great idea!


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