Have you noticed that your students sometimes don't really give their very best effort? I find this especially true sometimes with digital assignments! It's almost like they think it doesn't count! Well, in my classroom it does! That's one reason I am a firm believer that IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK promotes GROWTH MINDSET, and that can be made easy with digital assignments and Google Classsroom. So if ... Read More about 5 Digital Tools That Work with Google Classroom for Immediate Feedback
Novel studies are a traditional, yet sometimes controversial, classroom practice. Why should teachers do novel studies in their classrooms? There are several reasons why I believe it is important to incorporate novel studies, but first let me tell you when and why I became adamant that novel studies would be an important part of my daily classroom routine! Why I Believe in the Power of Novel ... Read More about Why Do Novel Studies?
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