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This *One* Crucial Digital Game Will Transform Your Classroom!

I really must warn you. Before you choose to play Knockout, there is something you should know: once you play this digital game, your kids will beg to play every. single. day. I am not exaggerating; I have experienced this Knockout phenomenon firsthand, but ALSO: it is the number one…

The Secret to Calm Mornings in the Classroom

Real talk: mornings are one of the hardest times in the classroom. Attendance. Lunch orders. Unpacking. Small talk. Notes from home. Announcements. Morning meetings. Morning work. And let’s not forget about the time spent prior to students’ arrival; early mornings in your classroom can make you feel like you are…

Why I’m Quitting Homework {And What I’m Doing Instead}

Times they are a changin’, am I right? In technology, fashion, politics, you name it! Change is the name of the game–especially in education. As teachers, we are breaking the mold, questioning tradition, and hurtling into a horizon of endless possibilities. Change is hard, but progress is better. And I…

How to Make a Wooden ABC Sign

We’ve all been there. Scrolling through Pinterest, a cute, “easy” project catches our eye, and suddenly, we are off on the DIY train, guns blazing. What we DON’T know is that this point is like the calm before the storm–a moment of pure bliss, as we make a mental list…

I Have to Go Back to School…But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

The selfie craze has officially swept the nation, so I see no reason to ignore this as we head into the new school year. Before we begin, let’s start this post with a selfie, shall we? This is my pre-7:00 A.M. selfie, hence the coffee and my expression—we will try…