Teaching gratitude becomes a focus of my instruction as soon as November’s golden leaves signal the onset of Thanksgiving. One of the most valuable ways of teaching gratitude is through sharing. This year, I am thrilled to collaborate with 16 devoted teachers who share the mission of nurturing gratitude and
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Not all kids celebrate Halloween; therefore, I plan several engaging alternative Halloween activities during the month of October. As teachers, it’s our responsibility to offer a variety of learning experiences all our kiddos can enjoy, regardless of their background or beliefs. In this blog post, I share some exciting activities
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce students to the rich tapestry of Hispanic and Latino cultures and sprinkle some color, history, and stories from these communities into our lessons. But it’s more than just adding
If you’ve ever observed a child’s sense of wonder, you’d know just how incredibly eager they are to discover the world around them. From the moment they take their first steps, children embark on a journey of constant learning and exploration. And what’s at the heart of all this curiosity?
We often overlook the power of teaching adjectives as part of writing instruction. But adjectives can turn boring sentences into captivating stories. For students in grades 3-5, mastering adjectives is critical for effective writing. Descriptive words help young writers create interesting stories and express their ideas clearly. Let’s explore why
Achieving a healthy work-life balance is more than just a trendy buzzword – it’s a necessity. Teaching is not just a job – it’s a passion, a calling. Between shaping young minds, planning lessons, grading assignments, communicating with parents, and fulfilling administrative duties, it can feel like a 24/7 commitment.
Summer Break is a time for teachers to rest and rejuvenate. It’s an opportunity to take a pause from the day-to-day challenges of the classroom, lesson planning, and endless grading. And rightly so, as we pour so much of ourselves into our students throughout the school year. However, as a
Sharing picture books about inventors is a great way to provide elementary kids with real-life examples of perseverance and creative problem-solving. By immersing students in imaginative stories about inventors, we can ignite their passion for creating and problem-solving. Let’s explore what I consider some of the best books on inventions
Haiku Activities are the perfect addition to your Spring Lesson Plans as April is National Poetry Month! It is so important to introduce students to different forms of poetry! My favorite? Haiku! Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that has been around for centuries and has a unique
As educators, we often assume that gifted students will excel on their own without requiring much support from us. However, it’s important to remember that gifted learners have unique needs that may not be immediately apparent. In my last blog post, I shared what gifted students wish their teachers knew
When teachers have gifted students in their class, they often breathe a sigh of relief. “Whew, I don’t have to worry about that student!” they might think to themselves. And while gifted learners do have special talents and abilities that set them apart from others, they have needs you might
All classroom math teachers struggle with the same issue- “How do I reach my struggling students and push my high-achieving students at the same time?” If you understand this struggle, let me share a concept that will help you- Low Floor High Ceiling Math Tasks! This type of math task