3 Best Getting-to-Know You Activities for Kids

Call me crazy, but getting to know you activities are one of my favorite parts of back to school time. And here’s the thing: we don’t have to stop doing these activities once back to school season is over. We are constantly learning new things about each other through conversation,…

6 Ideas for Social Distancing Morning Greetings

Since the entire point of morning meeting is to build your classroom community, this year presents its challenges. While most morning meetings thrive on circle time, student-to-student interaction, and team-building, a socially distanced classroom is not the most user-friendly for your typical morning meeting. There is a high need for…

Lesson Planning for Distance Learning

How can you teach your students when they can’t physically be in your classroom?

Using Jamboard By Google For Distance Learning

The 2020 school year–or year in general–is proving to be such a confusing mess of unknowns that it helps to have *some* sort of idea what you’re doing come August or September. [Side note: while this isn’t 100% relevant, you can still get a HUGE checklist of to-do items for…

Classroom Community That Sticks All Year Long

The classroom community is the single most important focus in the school year. Your classroom community is the foundation of your classroom for 180 days.  It’s crucial to have behavioral and social expectations, routines, and ground rules that are reinforced every day. A solid classroom community is something we all…

5 Time-Saving Tips for Teachers

Time-saving is one of the most crucial things teachers should be taught before they enter a classroom. Time is one of the most scarce resources for teachers. Your time at school is valuable. You have very little time to yourself when you are not physically teaching, and it is crucial you…

Sub Plans Are Ruining My Life

It’s true. And if we are being technical here, I should say: Sub plans WERE ruining my life. I’ve always been a Last Minute Lucy, and would suffer through DAYS leading up to my absence with this storm cloud of unwritten sub plans following me everywhere I went. Painful, I…