No matter your teaching situation, one thing is universally true: Teachers do not have enough time to get everything done during the day. How would it feel to totally stop bringing work home from school? Pretty amazing, right? It can be done. In fact, I did it! For the last three years, I completely ... Read More about 3 Ways Teachers Can STOP Bringing Work Home
Flexible seating is everywhere. And it seems like everyone has a really strong opinion. You either love it, you're thinking about it, or you're vehemently opposed. If you're on the fence, this post is for you! I'm tackling some myths and sharing some truths about flexible seating. Myth #1: Flexible ... Read More about Flexible Seating is not about yoga balls.
Whether you do guided reading, literature circles, reading conferences, or some other small group model, one of the biggest struggles is managing the rest of the class during small group instruction. Well, struggle no more... today I'm sharing my top tips for smooth sailing during reading ... Read More about 5 Ways to Keep Reading Centers Running Smoothly
Teachers have about a million little supplies that we use daily. I don't know about you, but I always seemed to end up with at least one cluttered, unorganized desk drawer full of supplies. Pens. Stickers. Paper clips. White out. Extra staples. Post it notes. Tape. Binder clips... The list could go ... Read More about How to Organize your Supplies with a Teacher Toolbox
I'm a reader. I've always been a reader. I used to read half a book in the middle of the night with a flashlight when I was supposed to be sleeping. And guess what? There were NO incentives for me to read. NONE. No parties, no rewards, no prizes. You know what else there wasn't? There were no ... Read More about Teach Your Students to Love Reading: 3 Strategies that Work
Every teacher knows how important it is for students to read on their own... in a book of their choosing... outside the classroom. When it comes to encouraging students to read outside of the school day, I've made a lot of mistakes, y'all. A lot. And it broke my teacher heart to learn through ... Read More about How to Make Kids Hate Reading: 3 Mistakes I Made
Dear teacher, I want to talk to you today from my heart. I know how overwhelming it can be when you look at social media and wonder if you'll be able to measure up to the things you're seeing other teachers do in their classrooms. I get overwhelmed with it all too. I'm sorry that we, as ... Read More about Dear Teacher: You are AMAZING!
The end of the year is always busy and stressful. Whether your school requires you to pack everything every year or not, there's ONE box every teacher should absolutely pack at the end of the school year to make sure you get off to a smooth start when you go back to school in the fall. If you're ... Read More about The ONE box you need to pack now for Back to School
Keyboard shortcuts are an incredible time-saver for anyone who works on a computer. A few months ago, I finally decided to switch to a Mac after being a lifetime PC girl. I have to say, I'm loving it, but it was a little bit of an adjustment. One of the biggest things I had to do was relearn all ... Read More about 32 Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Users
By now, we've all either read the research or discovered on our own that the traditional method of teaching spelling isn't effective for the majority of students. But differentiating is time consuming, and requires a TON of work by the teacher, right? Wrong! This year, I've found a way to use ... Read More about The Easy Way to Differentiate Spelling Instruction