Danielle Mastrogiovanni

As a child, I was not a star student, and I struggled through most of school. My educational career did not "click" until college where I began to love learning. I graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2004, where I received my B.A. in Philosophy. After teaching gymnastics for several years, I decided to continue my education and receive my teaching certificate in Elementary Education. I never expected be a teacher, but somehow I was led right into the classroom. I have been teaching in Morris Plains, New Jersey for eight years. Recently, I finished my Master Degree in Elementary Reading. I have a passion for elementary literacy and innovation in the classroom. I'm obsessed with picture books, and I currently teach second grade in a 1:1 Chromebook environment. I have been using Kidblog with my students for five years now, and it has transformed my teaching. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy training for obstacle course races. I also have a passion for animal rescue, and that has lead to a house full of critters great and small. I have a lab mix named Finn, an orange cat named Elliot, and a trouble causing kitten named Benson Nugget. Along with those fur babies, I'm also a momma to a hedgehog, turtle, leopard gecko, and seven crested geckos. One of the crested geckos, Timber, calls room 2 at Mountain Way School his home. Timber makes for an interesting day in second grade, and he's often the inspiration of student blog posts.

Writing for an Authentic Audience: Tips to getting parents involved with your class blogs

Writing for an Authentic Audience: Tips to getting parents involved with your class blogs

“How do I edit?” That was music to my ears. I had just finished explaining that students and teachers from all over the world would be able to view our blog posts. This was major news to a classroom full of second graders. Suddenly, they felt their writing mattered, not only to the teacher.

“How do I edit?” That was music to my ears. I had just finished explaining that students and teachers from all over the world would be able to view our blog posts. This was major news to a classroom full of second graders. Suddenly, they felt their writing mattered, not only to the teacher.... read more