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Homework Is Terrible, Spread the Word

If I had to pick a teaching soapbox, homework would be mine. It’s bad for kids, yet it still exists in way too many schools. And look–I get it. Change is an inevitable constant in life–always has been, always will be. It’s funny, then, that change still has the power…

4 Ways The Magic Number Will Transform Your Classroom

The Magic Number is all about value. As teachers, we value a lot of things. Special pens, our favorite pad of sticky notes, and our 12 minutes of lunch. But the hottest commodity in teaching is time: precious, precious time. Losing even a minute of time doing something trivial and…

Assessments + What To Do With The Other Kids

Assessments in the classroom take time. Which, to be honest, presents a problem during back-to-school season. Let’s start with a little math problem, shall we? We will assume the average class size is 25 students. In years past, I completed these assessments during the first 2 months in my first…

Back to School: The Good, The Bad, + The Ugly

Listen up. Back to school season has always been a favorite of teachers all over the world, but we’d be lying to ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge the challenges that also come along with this exhilarating, exhausting time. The first two weeks of school is the hardest part of a…

Meet the Teacher: Alyssa [Kindergarten + ESL Teacher]

Alyssa has been teaching Kindergarten for 5 years in a small town in Virginia. When she’s not teaching, she loves all things Joanna Gaines [Fixer Upper, anyone?!] and watching episodes of Parks and Recreation. Alyssa considers herself the Leslie Knope of teaching, which is only the first of MANY reasons I wish I could be in her class.

Google Keep Headers to Organize Your Teacher Life

What is Google Keep + how can teachers benefit? Google Keep is a note-taking service created by Google to keep you organized. If you are the kind of person who functions off of 57 to-do lists every day, and they are all in various places of your life (home, classroom,…

Recess Transitions + My Favorite Tips

Indoor recess has been plaguing most of us for months, but soon, outdoor recess will be part of our day again! So many reasons to rejoice, but let’s not forget that it can bring us challenges too. Outdoor play is glorious, but coming back from recess? Not so much. In…