With Halloween around the corner, why not get a bit festive? However, there are many children who do not participate in Halloween or anything related. I try to keep my fall activities more on the safe side so all students can be involved in the fun. One way that I like to do this is by creating a fun but easy paper pumpkin craft. This quick and easy paper craft pumpkin is easy to make and will take very little classroom time. Step 1. To begin, head to your die-cutting machine and cut ... Read More about Easy Paper Pumpkin Craft
Parent-teacher conferences are so insightful, aren’t they? It seems that is always when I learn the most about my students. Even after 10 years of teaching, I still find myself dreading the long nights of conferences. In my district, we don’t have half days of school and conferences for the rest of the time. Instead, we have full days of school and four hours of conferences on top of it! One nice thing—our PTO really pampers and spoils us these nights! Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher ... Read More about Parent-Teacher Conferences
It’s October, that time of the year when the air starts to smell crisp, the leaves change colors, and the stores fill up with every kind of candy known to man. And who doesn’t love candy (besides dentists)? While I don’t have actual candy, I do have a virtual treat for you today! In fact, it's multiplication facts! And that's a fact! There are very few things I remember about elementary school, but the exciting feeling of learning multiplication facts ranked up there high. Multiplication ... Read More about Multiplication Facts Tricks!
I inherited a wooden easel long ago when I first began teaching. It was fabulous and worked well, but after many years of use, it began falling apart. Because I used my easel for reading workshop, writer’s workshop, math workshop, and science workshop, I needed an easel. I needed an easel desperately! Originally, I never would've considered a DIY easel, but... After spending hours cruising Amazon and other school supply stores, I had no luck. Oh, I saw easels, just not easels I wanted ... Read More about DIY Easel for Your Classroom
“Mrs. D, I need another copy of Monday night’s homework,” Johnny said. As soon as the little kiddos head off to recess, I dash to the copy machine. I’m pretty sure this would be Johnny’s fourth copy this week. I have already copied this sheet over and over. What is he doing with his extra copies? Hanging them in picture frames at home? Perhaps eating them for dinner? Maybe making paper airplanes? Extra Copies, Again?!? The reality is, we all have one or two (or many!) little sweethearts ... Read More about You Need ANOTHER Copy?! Dealing with Extra Copies