Teaching in December is hard! We let our guard down and have some fun with our students, make memories, and let some important things go for a week or two. Coming back in January can be a challenge, but it's a great time to re-establish rules and routines! You can also use this time to encourage students with growth mindset activities and establish do some goal setting too! I'm sharing some free ... Read More about New Years Activities and Growth Mindset
Teachers lose precious moments of their planning period everyday due to various reasons: someone needs advice, the copy machine is occupied, the principal scheduled a meeting... again! While I can't stop these TIMESUCKS from happening, I have some REAL ANSWERS here for you from REAL TEACHERS (just like us) who have the same issues! I asked teachers to share their best time saving tips for making ... Read More about 5 Most Popular Tips for Efficient Planning Periods from Real Teachers
Getting ready for the whirlwind holiday season and need some parent gift ideas for your students to craft? I've searched through Pinterest to find some inexpensive, quick, and easy parent gifts that you can create for Christmas in the classroom. Check out this craft from Let Kids Create. Tea towels can be purchased in packs at craft stores and discount stores for less than $1 each. This is ... Read More about Parent Gift Ideas
It's that time of year! Teachers are busy, busy! Busy teaching, busy with regular life, busy with holiday shopping, decorating, baking, and social engagements. It's not the time to drop the ball on your teaching, but you want to make memories for your students too! So you're wondering if you should have an Elf on the Shelf in the classroom! The antics of that little elf on the shelf in the ... Read More about Should You Have an Elf on the Shelf in Your Classroom?
What activities do you incorporate into your daily literacy? I try to pack as much meaningful content into my literacy block as possible with the core daily literacy activities: word work (spelling and phonics), reading activities (book clubs, read to self, listening station), and writing. If you want to see how I schedule all of this, read this blog post. My 90 minute reading block is a busy ... Read More about Daily Literacy Activities