End of the School Year, Useful Teacher Tools

5 Trendy & Inexpensive End of the Year Teacher Gifts

Teachers LOVE coffee shop gift cards. It's science. We're a people who are extremely caffeinated and we love that about ourselves. Perhaps, though, you're looking for something a bit more trendy but inexpensive to gift your kiddo's teacher for the end of the school year. I've got you covered (with insider information, at that!).

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Miscellaneous Teacher Thoughts, Social Emotional Learning, Useful Teacher Tools

Teacher Wellness All Ways on All Days

My news feed has been blasted lately with teacher mental health and wellbeing articles. Recently, ASCD posted this article, "Emotional Resilience: The Missing Ingredient," about fostering emotional resilience in educators. EdWeek posted an opinion article this month, "Who Is Taking Care of Teachers?" that speaks to the emotional weights teachers are carrying day-to-day. Another great article to check out, in the form of a podcast or blog post, is Jennifer Gonzalez's wisdom in "Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves (and 4 Ways to Start)"

End of the School Year, Social Emotional Learning

Sailing into Summer: A Classroom Memory Book for Students

Each year when spring arrives in the classroom, I cannot help but feel overwhelmed with the thought of my current students moving on to the next grade. Of course, I'm excited for them, but I'm also ALWAYS wondering, "What will these kiddos remember from this class? What was their favorite moment from this year? How have they grown as small humans?"

Miscellaneous Teacher Thoughts, Social Emotional Learning, Useful Teacher Tools

A Unique Birthday Celebration in the Classroom!

I wanted to make sure students' birthday celebrations in the classroom weaved in some pretty clear social emotional learning. I wanted students to make connections with each other on these special days and also have memories that would last them for many years to come. When I got to thinking, I had an idea: a birthday compliment book!

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Shades on, Valentine! Your Future is BRIGHT!

This year, I wanted to have a non-candy, inexpensive Valentine's Day gift for my students. It didn't take long for me to realize that third graders would most definitely LOVE those plastic, neon sunglasses (fitting for all occasions) that are so popular as party favors.

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10+ Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Teachers to Get Organized in the Classroom

Part of being an effective educator is reflecting on practice and pedagogy to enhance the learning of students. With being a reflective teacher comes assessing the physical space of the classroom. If you've been in my shoes, you know there is always room for better organization. Below, find 10+ tips, tricks, and tools I use to keep my flexible seating classroom organized!

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3 Ways for Teachers to Grow a Professional Learning Network

Growing your PLN through social media allows you to take bite-sized chunks of awesomeness from other educators to use in your own practice AND it allows you to share your ideas to grow them, deepen them, and make them stronger through conversation with others! It's like a think, pair, share situation but for teachers in the virtual world. Our students would be so proud!Β 

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5 Great Gifts for the Teacher in Your Life!

It's the most wonderful time of the year (that fits for the holidays, the end of the school year, or back to school celebrations!)...yet, you are unsure what to gift to the teacher in your life. Look no further, here are five great gift ideas!

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Reading Conference Data Made ORGANIZED & MEANINGFUL with Editable Binder!

At the beginning of this school year, I was starting my second go-around with reader's workshop, a model of instruction that just feels too good to be true every single day. However, over the previous year, I hadn't nailed down any great way to organize my data for reader's workshop. It was this looming bit… Continue reading Reading Conference Data Made ORGANIZED & MEANINGFUL with Editable Binder!

Miscellaneous Teacher Thoughts

My 5 Most Influential Television Teachers

There is an abundance of television portrayals of teachers. Here are my top 5, in no particular order: Mr. Feeny was amazing. Though his style of teaching is not one that aligns very well with my own, I always appreciated his "big idea" thinking and how he was somehow able to tie morals and life… Continue reading My 5 Most Influential Television Teachers