September signals that fall is almost here and that means it’s time to pull out our favorite September picture books and activities to share with our kiddos. When I think of September, I automatically think of back to school, changing leaves, Hispanic Heritage Month, and all the fun September National
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How would you define student achievement? I want you to meet Abigail and Michael. Abigail makes straight A’s. She is definitely a smart kid who never has to study and picks up new concepts easily. Michael, on the other hand, has never had school come “easy” to him. He started
Having the right classroom management tools in your teaching toolkit can completely change your class dynamic! We all know students learn better in a well-managed classroom. How do we get there though? Sometimes it seems impossible! Here are 9 essential management tools to add a little peace and order to
We’ve all been there: your classroom is looking a little dated or worn down. Maybe you’re just feeling uninspired and need some help sparking creativity into your classroom decor! Luckily for you, we have some easy-to-implement tips that will help you transform your classroom from boring and dreary to a
A classroom library should be one of the most utilized spaces in your classroom, but stocking and organizing your library can be a challenge. Let’s talk about how to build that library, and at the end of the day, how to keep it organized. Building your classroom library I can’t
The summer is when we teachers think about professional development and frantically searching for fresh, novel ideas to ramp up our teaching. One of the best ways to grow as a professional and set an example for our students is through professional growth and development. I love listening to podcasts
The Monday Morning Teacher blues are real. I’ve been there before, and I don’t want to go back! I’m sure you have too. Monday mornings. You either love the endless possibilities that your week holds, or you hate it. There’s not an in-between. And teacher friend, I’ve dealt with the
There are so many questions teachers ask about Passion Projects. Passion Projects – just the word is terrifying to many of us. If you’ve never tried them, now is a great time. They are a great end-of-the-year activity. Whenever you try something new, it can be a little frightening. It
Everyone loves crayons! Kids and adults alike. I remember as a little child getting my box of 64 counts Crayola crayons. I was so excited when they added a crayon sharpener on the front of the box. There’s just something about a brand-new box of crayons that brings a smile
Creating strong, capable women who are high achievers starts not only at home but also in the classroom. When many smart girls encounter a new or difficult challenge, they often believe that they will be unsuccessful, so they give up. Smart Girls underachieve for a bunch of reasons! Have you
I love that my students love to write! They are so creative and come up with some of the best story plots with all the right elements. But there’s just one thing… They tend to overuse the word said when writing dialogue. I often get multiple stories with “he said”,
In the past 100 years, women have paved the way and earned the right to vote. Women have made great contributions to society. We can all agree that this is huge and so encouraging for every female. We typically honor women in March. And yes, we should be highlighting in