One of the most difficult things with teaching is being able to leave work early! It's hard to not sit there hours after the kids have gone home, still working on all the duties that call. Yet, it's very, very necessary to pack up your things and leave. You just can't stay all day and all night because really, no matter what, that long (and always growing) list will always be there. It took me years to learn that the work of a teacher is never really finished. Even when you ... Read More about Tips to Leave Work Early
The first year that our school district implemented Common Core math, I kind of accidentally overlooked graphing. Whoops! I mean, really - my bad. I felt so bad for those kids that year. Here I was thinking that this Common Core thing was going to be much easier than predicted because I had done very well getting through it. For the next school year, I didn't want to rush through it or squeeze it in at the last minute. I wanted to provide some value to it. I sketched out a plan. (And that plan ... Read More about Make Graphing Fun!
I would like to think that most classrooms have started migrating toward the 21st-century reading best practices, but that is not always the case. In fact, some classrooms are stuck in "old practice" mode! Students can learn reading in both classroom settings, but one is a bit better for students! Are you implementing reading best practices? First, I want to put a disclaimer out there: I imagine I may upset some readers with this post because everyone has their own teaching style. ... Read More about Are You Implementing Reading Best Practices?
We all have them, and we are all doing it: teaching with outdated textbooks. In fact, technology and our informational knowledge is on such an overload that it is often outdated or changed before the textbooks are published and shipped to the schools. While textbooks should NOT be driving our curriculum and should instead be used as a tool, they are still vital resources. When they're outdated, it can make planning a bit of a challenge. It's a good thing that teaching is more about our ... Read More about Teaching with Outdated Textbooks
Multiplication. Multiplication is a BIG deal in third grade and up. In fact, it's so vital that teaching multiplication shortcuts can sometimes be your saving grace until the students actually memorize the multiplication facts. In the past, I have talked about teaching multiplication strategies and tricks to help your students learn their multiplication facts, but today, I'm just going to focus on teaching your students multiplication shortcuts. What the Multiplication Shortcuts Are and ... Read More about Teaching Multiplication Shortcuts