Category Archives: Jaw-dropping

ATTENTION: This site in no longer active as of January 1st 2014.

I have opened a new website at


I have moved the articles from this blog to there. I would like to especially thank Gábor Kiss for his help in designing and setting up the new website.

The new site has NO ADS, is more interactive, easier to navigate, better to read, less cluttered and looks and feels better in my opinion.

Hope you enjoy it.

Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson


A comfortable class pillow

When I was going through my photos from my first 3 years of teaching I ran across, if I may say, some very interesting stuff. I took photos every day from our class, what we did and how we did it. Going through all this brings out wonderful memories and sparks new ideas.

One of the things I did was to make a huge bean bag for my classroom.


As you can see the kids really enjoyed it. This was cheap, simple and incredibly comfortable for our quiet reading time & read-to-self during the Daily 5.

I highly recommend this for any teacher that wants to make his/her classroom a comfortable place for learning.

How to make students and parents proud every year

I have done a lot of fun projects including an iPad 1:1 initiative, started Yoga with my kids, translated and implemented the Daily 5 into my teaching, Made a class blog, every student of mine has a blog, gone to the senior center to have the kids read for the senior citizens and so much more but what I am most proud of is probably a great tradition at my school, Árskóli in Sauðárkrókur Iceland where all students perform a play on the big stage in town every year from 1-10th grade (elementary school in Iceland).

What I have also done is record, edit and add subtitles to the play and send it to the parents for them to keep.

Here is our newest play which I just finished editing and sending to the parents, during one of the cloudy days in Iceland this summer.

When the Robbers came to Cardamom Town (in Icelandic).. but you see the point:

I love that teaching idea

When browsing for ideas for my 3rd grade class I came across a fantastic website that I’ll recommend to teachers. The site is called “I love that teaching idea” and is a site I could spend days browsing. On the left there are groups of ideas such as first day, reading, teacher tips and so on… I just absolutely love it and I hope you will to!