Don't Pick the First Hand that Goes Up! I think you know this right? Of course, we should give everyone time to think. But have you ever considered the message it sends to your students when you choose the first hand that goes up? ... Read More about Best Ways to Engage Students in Meaningful Learning
Saint Patrick's Day can be such a fun day to celebrate with students. Just the way they are open to believing in magic elves that come into your classroom around Christmas time, all students are ready to hunt down leprechauns for their pot of gold in March! I love it! ... Read More about Get Students Writing with this Saint Patrick’s Day FREEBIE
When it comes to character education, you might be wondering: How should I go about teaching about it? Where do I start? What do my students need to know? What resources should I use? It seems that there is a lot of buzz about ... Read More about 3 Simple Ways to Promote Character Education
Hey, hey! I am so excited about this amazing blog hop and giveaway that is starting today!! ... Read More about RESOURCES WE LOVE
I've thought long and hard about defining a grace-filled classroom. It's the name of my blog after all! I should have an idea, right? I strongly believe though, that what it means for me and what it means for you could be different things. I've come to the conclusion that there might not be one right answer. Below are some ideas that I have. ... Read More about What is a grace-filled classroom?
I thought I would share 5 moments from this week that really stood out for me in terms of making sure we are feeding our students hearts and minds! In the midsts of all the business that happens in our week, it's so important to look back and reflect on what am I doing to ensure that my students hearts and minds are being fed? ... Read More about Five Simple “Hearts and Minds” Moments
Are you ready for MLK week? If not that's okay! I have some great ideas, and resources! Use these ideas and implement them right away! To start the week, I recommend using this video to help set the stage for learning about Dr. King. This video is my favorite. ... Read More about Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.
Happy New Year! It's that time of year again! Time to set resolutions! Are you groaning? Me too! Resolutions are not my friend. After years and years of setting resolutions, I can attest that they rarely are achieved! ... Read More about Create Resolutions with a Positive Mindset
Halloween is over and people are starting to think of Christmas. But what about November? How is it that November is getting looked over? ... Read More about Promoting Family in November
While making sure your room is ready and having great lessons is important, another thing you should be thinking about is how you will help your students grow! These first days of school are the perfect time to talk to your class about being a community of learners. One component of being a community is feeling safe to take academic risks and to try even if they fail. And what they will never expect, but will be so powerful, is to encourage your class to make mistakes! What?! Yeah, let your class know that you ... Read More about Encourage Mistakes in Your Classroom