Category Archives: Connect To Learn

Get connected, and connect your students to others around our globe. Opening the digital door to your classroom allows for growth and collaboration. Here are posts from Zig Zagging about how myself & my class connects.

Seasons of Creativity: Joy

Seasons of Creativity: Joy

Right as school was starting this year I read Austin Kleon’s post “Seasons”, and it really resonated with me (I highly recommend you take 3 minutes to read it too). I’ve been quiet on my blog and on Twitter for a while. A break was necessary. Last year was hard for many reasons, and I felt like my creative brain was drained. Looking back, I know it was a season of growth, learning and reflection for me in many ways, but it was so frustrating. I wasn’t able to do what I really wanted to. Even in my classroom, where we still did some really great things (that I STILL need to write about), I felt a bit stuck. It was kind of like a dry summer or a really cold winter. Can frustrated be a season?

Celebrating Seasons of Creativity

At first I felt really bad about not sharing as much and taking some time for me, but as I’m able to look back I know that I was meant to be and what I needed. I share that because I rarely cut myself any slack, and I know many educators are the same. We’re humans, with changing seasons of life, and we need to be able to recognize it and accept it.

So what now?

It’s a new season of creativity! I’ve started the school year with a slightly different title. I’m still teaching First Grade, but there’s some time each day when I’m able to leave and be and ITS. I feel like my acronym should really be BOJ (Bringer of Joy). This opportunity has brought me new life and is spreading joy too. I’m planning projects with teachers, integrating technology in meaningful ways, and getting to teach teachers and students. I just love it! As I walk into classrooms on our small campus I’m greeted with very happy cries of “Mrs. Zig! What are we doing today?” My heart sings, and I know their little hearts are happy too.

As I settle into school and routine even more I’ll be finding time to share. I’m excited to post not only what’s going on in my classroom, but the things I’m privileged to share in other classrooms as well.

So, whatever season of creativity / life you’re in, I wish you the best and hope you’ll be blessed with wisdom on how to “act accordingly” as Austin says.

MZ Sig

The iPoets Earth Day Books Are Published

The iPoets Earth Day Books Are Published

We have two amazing books published by all the iPoets that participated! The books turned out great, with so many poems inspired by the Earth and much more. What a wonderful way to celebrate! Here’s a sneak peeks at a few of the pages! You can download the books here. I split the book into two… Continue Reading


Using Social Media To Enhance Learning

Using Social Media To Enhance Learning

My friend Beth Holland is part of the Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers series, hosted by CM Rubin World, and she passed this month’s post on to me. I’m excited to share my answers to the question “What are the best examples you have seen of teachers using social media to enhance learning?” Social media has evolved to… Continue Reading


Collaborate to Celebrate – Poetry Month & Earth Day

Collaborate to Celebrate – Poetry Month & Earth Day

  Celebrate National Poetry Month and Earth Day with one great collaborative project! Become iPoets, publishing your Earth Day inspired poems with others in a great big beautiful Book Creator book! This project is something I have wanted to start for a long time now, and I’m SO thrilled to combine a few of my… Continue Reading


Global Read Aloud: A #GRAAmy ThingLink

Global Read Aloud: A #GRAAmy ThingLink

The Global Read Aloud starts this week! My students and I are really excited to participate in the #GRAAmy book study. I wanted to share a ThingLink that we’ll be using. It has book trailers, links to Amy’s website, videos and more. I’m planning to share some of the video clips with students, and share… Continue Reading


Do You Have A Mentor?

Do You Have A Mentor?

I am so blessed to have an amazing work family. I’m even more blessed to have mentors there. Ladies that I go to with my professional questions and struggles. People to push me, and help me think deeply about what I do in my classroom and why. Twitter is a wonderful thing. It’s a way… Continue Reading