My 1st son was enrolled in our Neighborhood School for Kindergarten which was also my first year of teaching. It was touted as an "excellent school" and all of our neighbor's kids attended there. My second year of teaching I was offered a job just a few miles from the house at another elementary school. … Continue reading Should I Enroll My Child Where I Teach?
Make the MOST of your Time Off No one understands how a teacher feels the last few weeks of school but another teacher. We are exhausted, DONE, excited, happy and sad, all at once. Then, finally, it's summer!! Woo Hoo! We plan a family trip, kids summer camps, schedule Dr. appointments, sleep-in, clean, organize etc. … Continue reading Summer Vacation
I am noticing sever al school districts are encouraging teachers to use Heinemann Author, Lucy Calkins in their writing instruction. As an Instructional Coach (IC) I like to dive right into a new curriculum (or dust off an old one) and learn it so I can work effectively with teachers. I started like all Master … Continue reading Teaching Writing the Lucy Calkins Way Made Easy
As women (or men who step up to the plate) we have this innate ability to take on whatever is brought to our attention. As mothers we take our role of nurturing to encompass all things. As teachers we do NO LESS... Teachers are one of the most underrepresented group of people in an … Continue reading Something’s Gotta Give
ELL Instructional Ideas From Great Teachers
Source: Fifth Grade Life: Geography Vocabulary Foldable Assignment and Rubric
Source: Academic Vocabulary Program: Second Grade
I love Outlook! Ok, maybe that's a little dramatic but it really helps me stay on top of things. I put everything in my schedule. I add reminders for appointments, trainings, meetings or what have you. The account is on my Android so my alerts pop up there as well. Teachers usually work off of … Continue reading Using Outlook for Maximum Efficiency
I got so tired of making copies and trying to keep up with absent student work. Being ADD I am all over the place and tend to miss a detail or two. So, my solution is a binder and paper coordinator. I have jobs for everything in my class. It supports responsibility, frees me up … Continue reading What to do about students losing copies of worksheets or they are absent?
This video is awesome for those of us who learned old school math... Understanding the "NEW MATH"