Lanyards in the Classroom (Prepare to Fall in Love)

You know that song, A Few of My Favorite Things? I’m flipping the script today and telling you about some of my least favorite teaching things. Spoiler alert: lanyards in the classroom are NOT on this list: Bathroom passes. If we could do one of those black light tests for…

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…

The Classroom Routine You Didn’t Know You Needed: Afternoon Meeting

It’s the end of the day and your class is restless. Your students are tired of the same old brain breaks. The dismissal stampede starts in 10 minutes and you need stability and calm. You started your day with  a smooth routine and paperless morning meeting–why not end it with a…

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…

The Perfect (& Free!) Way to Make New Year’s Resolutions in Your Classroom

New year, new you! Goal-setting is an exciting concept to discuss as we return to the classroom after a long and hopefully relaxing break. Turning over a new leaf is appealing to adults and kids alike; however, the concept of making resolutions can be rather abstract for our younger learners.…

Poem in Your Pocket FREEBIE & An Exciting Announcement!

Hi Friends! Long time no blog, but luckily for you, this news is worth waiting for! I am excited to announce the launch of Educents marketplaces! A site that has previously offered seriously discounted deals for teachers will now feature individual storefronts where you can visit your favorite edu-preneurers! I…

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…