Parent-teacher conferences are so insightful, aren’t they? It seems this 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 though. 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 ... Read More about Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tips for Success
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: Achieve Fact Fluency!
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: Simple & Effective!
“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
Being The Owl Teacher, it is only natural that I would desire to have everything in my room decorated with an owl. My lunch tags are no exception. I racked my brain trying to decide how I could adorn these with an owl theme, yet be durable for a long year ahead. Then the idea struck me! How to Make the Lunch Tags I saw an idea on Pinterest for something completely different, but it was enough to spark my thoughts and get the wheels turning. I started my hunt for materials. It was a short ... Read More about DIY Lunch Tags: Fun and Easy to Make!