With a million little things to do in the daily life of a teacher, I used to worry about keeping up communication with my students’ parents. I wanted to send a digital classroom newsletter that is easy, quick, and eye-catching! Hopefully, you are familiar with Google Drive and even have one through your school. I can’t imagine my life without it! I’m going to give
Building strong student relationships is one of the most important parts of our jobs. I’ve had a lot of influencers in that belief, including my admin and coworkers whom I look up to. One teacher specifically got me going right from the get-go! The summer before I got my first teaching job, my district hosted a new teacher orientation as many districts do. Teachers from
If you’ve decided to start flexible seating, I applaud you! My partner teacher and I decided to try it last year. We had read a lot of great things from blogs and articles, as well as the flip side of that coin.. the not-so-good things. We are departmentalized, so that added another aspect to our decision to start flexible seating. Last year we found our
Roughly a month and a half ago I sat at my parent’s kitchen table, home for Thanksgiving, searching for fun and engaging multiplication activities for our upcoming unit. I told myself I wasn’t getting up until I had thought of some way to change up the way my class learns and practices multiplication facts. My school uses Go Math!, and in the past, we used
Teaching math can be challenging, but this year I have made it my goal to do more hands-on math projects rather than all pencil paper worksheets and tasks. As great as that idea sounds, it can be time consuming, and the demands on teachers certainly aren’t going away which makes this seem more difficult! However, I truly love seeing my students faces as they work
After changing my procedures for collecting papers at least 5 times within two years, I finally found what has been a game changer! I took this idea from two of my brilliant coworkers who were using this last year (and I kick myself for not changing my ways back then)! The idea is very simple, and can be adapted to meet your needs very easily.
I truly thought hating your printer was a way of life. I thought everything from the moment you tried to set up the wireless printing to the moment you realize you have a paper due the next morning at 8AM hard copy and had no ink was pure PAIN. Years later, I start selling on TPT, which is great and fantastic and wonderful and exciting…
So what is the whole movement of going digital and how can we use it effectively in our classrooms? This is something I have been contemplating for the last few weeks. I would love to give my students access to engaging lessons, teach them to be responsible and knowledgeable digital citizens, and save time and paper as well! Recently, I wanted to change our boring
St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun time in classrooms, and I love seeing all the projects and activities other teachers do! I just finished up elapsed time, and wanted to use something to push my enrichment kiddos a little farther, but I changed my mind and had my whole class work in groups to complete. I made an elapsed time review in my St.
HAPPY MARCH! St. Patrick’s Day always seems to be so much for for both myself and students. I know they usually get excited for almost every holiday, but this one just seems to have a little something extra special 🙂 We are not actually in school on St. Patrick’s Day because it always falls the week we have Spring Break, but I definitely like to