It amazes me how many students come into my class already believing (and acting like) they are the “bad kid”. It’s a dangerous path. How do, we as elementary teachers, offer them a way out? A new path? Strategies to Break the Cycle: It’s hard for kids to identify another way once they’ve labeled themselves… Continue reading Helping the “Bad Seed”
Reading logs. Similar to saying, "I'll wait", or assigning a back-to-school essay about how students spent their summer, reading logs are a classroom tradition that has been passed down for generations. Listen, I understand the purpose. Teachers with great intentions want to hold their students accountable for their reading. But is there a better way? Where… Continue reading Why I Broke Up with the Reading Log & What I Do Instead
Tips for using Academic Choice in your own classroom.
March is Women's History Month, and while it's always important to have strong women represented in your classroom library, WHM is a great reason to showcase books about them. Below I've listed books about strong women from multiple races and cultures. *I've tried to categorize the books, but realize that so many fall under multiple… Continue reading Picture Books About Strong Women
The beauty of using the Olympics in the classroom is that there is built-in excitement. Subjects that students can find boring - fraction, research, graphing - are suddenly made fresh and fun using the real-life from the Games. Below you'll find a few ways we incorporate the Olympic games into our classroom. … Continue reading Following the Olympics in the Classroom
How to leave your classroom kids behind when it's time to have your own child (without having major teacher-guilt and any major breakdowns)My husband and I were given less than 1% chance of getting pregnant on our own. So when I found out I was pregnant the day we were set to begin IVF, I was overjoyed.… Continue reading Maternity Leave 101
Books move people. These books will help you instill values in, have important conversations with, and build community with your students and children. Chapter Books: Wonder- R.J Palacio - Kindness - Tolerance - Empathy - Friendship Out of My Mind - Sharon Draper - Empathy - Perseverance Fish in a Tree -… Continue reading Books to Make Your Students Better People
What's the deal with similes and metaphors? Why are similes as easy for students to grasp as 1+1, but metaphors are a map without a key? See what I did there? Hilarious I know. What's not hilarious, is how many times I've pulled my hair out over students struggling to differentiate between the two. If you're… Continue reading Teaching Similes & Metaphors