## Teaching is an Art, NOT a Science

We polled dozens of teachers to ask the question – do you think teaching is an art, or a science?  While teaching does involve science, teachers we polled overwhelmingly agreed: teaching is an art, NOT a science. Educators gave us many

## Living on Minimum Wage – A Real World Project

If you’re like us, you worry that your high school students, especially high school seniors, have NO idea what the real world has in store. A great project to do in a Life Skills, Advisory, or Financial Literacy/Consumer Education class is

## Formal Letter Writing

This year I kicked off our first writing project with formal letter writing. All of the Google documents referenced below are included in our free resource library. If you are not already signed up for our library, you can click here to

## Number Sense Cooperative Group Activity

This is a great way to get your students into groups and assess their number sense, as well as their cooperation skills. Preparation: I whipped up these cards with different types of rational and irrational numbers. They are available for

## Short Story Annotation and Plot Diagramming

This was a really effective lesson I did with my 5/6 combo class to work on several skills: listening comprehension, annotating text, identifying plot elements, plot diagramming, and using technology (Google Drawing). It took about four class periods, and my

## Email Etiquette For Kids

Many students enter upper elementary or middle school knowing how to text, how to quickly find information on Google, and even how to make their own YouTube videos. But a surprising number of students have never used email. It simply

## Should Parents Choose Their Child’s Teacher?

A few weeks ago I was out to dinner to an old teacher friend. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and I was curious to know how her daughter, Lily, enjoyed second grade. Unfortunately, Lily had a terrible

## TpT Conference Takeaways

This year I attended my first TpT conference. It was an amazing, worthwhile experience. Here are some of my top takeaways: Everyone is a Big Deal to Someone I knew that I would probably “fan girl” some big sellers at