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My Little Lookout: A Pint-Sized Substitute Solution

Sick happens. Meetings are inevitable. And it is the honest-to-God truth that teaching is one of the professions where it is harder to stay home (ahem, sub plans) than it is to just come in and teach 24 6-year-olds despite the fact that it feels like you’ve swallowed a handful…

#PrimaryProbs: A {Free} Shoe-Tying Solution!

Welcome to my first installment of #PrimaryProbs, a series of blog posts that will make you laugh, cry, and every other emotion under the sun as we explore some of our greatest classroom challenges. But first, let’s get one thing straight: I am no Negative Nancy. In fact, I’d say…

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…

Our Furry Reading Friends

  How do you encourage your students to practice reading aloud without feeling silly, getting off-task, or feeling shy? Perhaps one of my favorite additions ever to the classroom, is the solution to this everlasting problem. Beanie Babies. Yes, those ridiculously overpriced, lovable plush animals have brought such a ray…

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…

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…

My Reason

Hello, my friends! Today is the happiest day, because today, October joins us. It is basically the best month. The month of leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, cooler weather, candy corn…I could go on and on! It is also the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month, a cause very close to my…