We all know teachers aren't exactly made of money, time, and, well... energy. Thankfully, these DIY (Do-It-Yourself) teacher hacks don't require a whole lot of any of those! Here are a few tips to make your career a little bit easier. I am always running out of dice, so I like to make my own! I go to Michael's or Hobby Lobby and buy these wooden blocks and a Sharpie. Then I just write whatever facts on them that I desire! It’s nice because then I can make fractions for comparing, adding, ... Read More about DIY Teacher Hacks
There he goes again. Tap! Tap! Tap! He’s tapping his pencil, now he’s slowly meandering around the room (much like Billy from Family Circus), and let’s definitely not forget the chewed up eraser pieces he’s throwing around the room thinking you aren’t noticing. Or perhaps it’s the child who just loves and loves and LOVES to talk—just at the wrong time! These are the Hot Button Kids! We all have these difficult students. They push our buttons nearly every day. They mean well, but they can ... Read More about HOT Button Kids: Managing Difficult Students
It’s back to school time! Time to start thinking about those first week activities and planning for the new year! So what should I share? Where should I begin? Well, just by looking at the title, you probably guessed it -- read alouds! (This post contains affiliate links.) While I teach all subject areas, one area I have a HUGE passion for is reading. I try to incorporate picture books into everything I do -- math, science, social studies! I just love reading! So today, I’m going to share ... Read More about Read Alouds For Back to School
One of the things I like to do when getting organized is create a notebook where I keep everything. It’s not a three ring binder (although that would work just as effectively. It’s just too bulky for my personal preference). I use a composition book and, using sticky notes, I create tabs for important information. This notebook follows me all year. In this notebook, I have a section for "Important Dates." At the beginning of the year, I write down all of our staff meetings and any related ... Read More about Getting Organized!
I really loved Donalyn Miller’s book The Book Whisperer when it came out a while back, so you can imagine my excitement when she recently released a new book titled Reading in the Wild. Something she mentioned, which I imagine we can all agree with, is that kids today are just too plugged in. Internet, video games, iPod and iPad, apps; you name it! This leaves too little for the imagination and only makes our jobs more challenging. In her book, she asks her students if they were prepared for ... Read More about A Book Emergency