About Me

Welcome to The Third Grade Learning Spot!
I'm Renée, the face behind this blog.

Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher. I obtained a BA in English and teaching certificates in Elementary Education K-8 and English K-12 in 1996. I've taught pre-k through 8th grade in both public and private schools, including 8 years as a kindergarten teacher. In 2013, I began a new educational journey teaching 3rd grade and love it! My teaching philosophy is that students learn best by doing. With that in mind, I strive to create learning activities that are engaging, meaningful, creative, challenging, hands-on, and FUN.

When I'm not teaching, I tutor, blog, pin, and design lessons for Teachers Pay Teachers. In my free time, I love to travel. I've been lucky enough to visit the entire East Coast, Vermont, Louisiana, California, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, England, Ireland, and Scotland. I also love reading, crafting, swimming, yoga, photography, and going to the beach.

I created my blog to document my teaching experiences, enable my students and their families to see our learning adventures, and collaborate with other educators. I hope you find ideas and inspiration here!


  1. Hello Renee! I too want to start my own blog but have no clue as to where to begin. Are there any things or websites that I could look into in order to begin?

  2. Two free hosting sites are WordPress and Blogger. I use Blogger because I find it easy to use and it offers templates in case you don't want to use a blog designer or purchase graphics. I also recommend checking out as many blogs as you can to get ideas and get a feel of what you want your own blog to be like.