As you start to plan to head back after winter break, a big concern might be what to do with your students?! Those first few days after a loooong winter break can be hard, but with these ideas, you can feel planned and prepared for the first week back from winter break! I have some easy-to-implement tips, ideas, and FREE resources that I've rounded up for you to use right away. ... Read More about Easy Ideas for Your Class After Winter Break
It is an exciting time for the nation when the presidential election rolls around every four years. It is no different in the classroom! Teaching about the election and our democratic process is an honor to me. I think it's critical for students to understand how elections work because they'll be of voting age before we know it! I'll share a few tips and ideas to easily teach about the election in the primary grades. ... Read More about Teaching about the Election in Primary Grades
Are you getting used to a ‘new normal’ with school? In some way, we might never get used to this year. Nevertheless, Fall is here, and that means it’s time for your second graders to focus on reading and writing! Whether your students are in front of you physically or virtually, they are the same students you’re used to having. Some days they’re very excited to read, write and learn seemingly everything, while other days, not so much. Fortunately, you can make writing fun for your second graders with Writing ... Read More about Make Writing Fun For Your Second Graders!
Did your district decide to go back to school virtually? Although it is very different than what teachers are used to, I'm here to tell you, "You can do this!" Your students will be coming soon (er, opening their laptops soon?) and you'll want to be prepared. Distance learning might have caught you off guard in the spring, but it won't this back to school season! I've been working on some engaging virtual back to school resources that you can use right away! ... Read More about Virtual Back to School Resources that Make Planning a Breeze
Overnight teachers have had to up and change everything about the way they teach. This pandemic has created a huge shift and distance learning is now our new reality! Sometimes, I sit and reflect and think about everything that has happened in the last 2 months and I am just at a loss for words. If I was granted 3 wishes, the first would definitely be an end to this pandemic. But my next two wishes would be used on you! I wish for you to know how special you are. What you are doing for your students truly ... Read More about Distance Learning Websites for K-3 Teachers
When is a good time to start building a strong classroom community? Although the beginning of the school year is the best time to start building a strong classroom community. I honestly and whole-heartedly believe that it's never too late. To start, let's look at the definition of a community... here it is... a community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing a common attitude, interest, and goals. Yes and yes! This is exactly the type of strong classroom community we all aim for! ... Read More about ABC’s of a Caring Classroom Community
Starting a growth mindset classroom can come with some challenges! Read all about the mistakes I've made starting a growth mindset classroom so you can avoid them. I have been thinking about this a lot. I am a huge proponent of having a growth mindset classroom. But it's not all unicorns and rainbows... Ok... let's talk about big time fails... I jumped onto the growth mindset bandwagon about six years ago. And it was a total flop! Total. Flop. In fact, I might have perpetuated a fixed mindset ... Read More about Starting a Growth Mindset Classroom? Avoid These 4 Mistakes
You've heard of "growth mindset" but you still might be wondering what growth mindset is all about! Growth mindset is a term that Carol Dweck, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the fields of personality, social psychology and developmental psychology from Stanford University, has coined as a way to describe a person's mindset about his/her intelligence. In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck lays out the evidence she and her team collected through years of research, which reinforces a simple but ... Read More about Growth Mindset 101: What is growth mindset?
Are you back to school ready? Second and third grade teachers ease the stress of what to do the first few days of school with this Back to Schoool Freebie Bundle! It is ready to go. All you do is print and copy. First Days of School Take advantage of the first few days of school to really get to know your students, their families, and use informal assessments to see what your students know from the previous year. I've made it super simple for you to do just that with this Freebie Bundle of my ... Read More about Back to School Ready + a FREEBIE Bundle
The end of the school year is a lot of fun, however closing out your classroom can seem a daunting task. You're still teaching, of course, but now you have items on that endless to-do list of things that have to get done before the school year ends. While there is much to do, you don't have to let it get stressful. Here are 15 tips that will help you close out your year with ease! ... Read More about 15 Tips to Close out the School Year with Ease