I’ve got a few classroom essentials to increase student engagement that are easy to implement and fun to use. I teamed up with Oriental Trading Company this year to create a wish list with items I knew would be helpful in my classroom. Although I was given these items for free, I only share classroom resources that […]
It’s the beginning of the year and you may be feeling overwhelmed, especially as you introduce new classroom routines to your new group. These last nine days, the little voice in my head keeps saying, “You were ready to pull your hair out at the beginning of the year last year too. But they picked […]
For the last 3 years, we’ve had to supplement phonics instruction with phonics activities and games because we didn’t have a reading program. Every week, we were scouring different blogs and TpT looking for meaningful activities that would support student learning. I’ve got a few phonics activities and games that you can use in your […]
I don’t know about you, but my brain never shuts off when it comes to teaching. I’m always thinking how I can make things more efficient, coming up with new to do lists, and thinking up with ways I can use things from the Dollar Spot at Target, in my classroom. I’m thinking of blog […]
Teaching takes up every ounce of brain-power, energy, and heart. When the dismissal bell rings, my teacher brain doesn’t shut off. I’ve got lesson ideas, unfriendly parent e mails, testing, IEPs, art projects, literacy centers, meaningful activities, and a bazillion ways to make our class run efficiently on my mind all.the.time. But I’m here to […]
There’s so much going on at the end of the year between report cards, filing cumulatives, cleaning, and so much more. While you’ve still got some parent volunteers and a class full of kids, put them to work in a way that will really help you start next school year off organized and prepared. I […]
We know that parent communication in the classroom is essential, but sometimes, it takes a lot of time that we don’t always have. I have a free parent newsletter that takes just a few minutes to set up. You can add links to websites, photos, videos, sign up forms and more. Do you send a […]
It’s true, good teachers get the Sunday night blues. That doesn’t mean anything is wrong, it means you’re human. Read more about this juicy topic on my guest post over at Education to the Core.