In 1996 many things happened during my year as a fifth grader. I made fabulous new friends, sang my first ever solo in our musical, learned boys don’t have cooties, and I fell in love. This love however, was not with a boy…but a ship. Yes, this was the year I became obsessed with the Titanic. My teacher that year, Mr. Finck, was an amazing teacher who allowed his students choices and also made ... Read More about Titanic: An Interactive Unit
Spring time. The time of the year when the sun starts to peak out, the days get a little longer, and teachers everywhere are dreaming of spring break. Depending on where you live, you may still be bundling up in winter wear and having to scrape ice of your car each morning. Or maybe you are living in a climate like me, where shorts are already being worn and the AC is on full blast. Either way, ... Read More about Spring Into Spring!
So often I see so many teacher bloggers struggling to think of things to write about. The thing is, the ideas are endless, but it takes dedication to actually sit and start writing said ideas. Think those times when a student has come up to you during writing time saying, "I don't know what to write about." What do you tell them? Think about that scenario and then switch roles in your head. If you ... Read More about 50 Blog Post Ideas for Teachers
This month I turned the big 3-0! As I reveled in my past and got teary eyed watching the trailer for Fuller House, I was reminded that growing up,in short, can be a pain. Teachers often hear kids proclaiming "I can't WAIT to grow up!" In true Billy Madison form (but toned down a bit for the classroom) I would kindly remind them to stay young and enjoy it while they ... Read More about Kid Thoughts Vs. Adult Thoughts
It's not fair. Those three little words can sound like nails on a chalkboard to a teacher, parent, anyone. Yet, it is so hard even as an adult not to utter those words. "Why did he get a raise, that's not fair." "Why is she getting married before me, it's not fair." Despite knowing those words make even adults sound like a toddler, we still sometimes mutter them under our breath. Why is this? ... Read More about Teaching Fairness In The Classroom