## SMART Goals for Kids

The beginning of the school year, calendar year, or semester is a great time to teach your students about SMART goals. There’s a lot of correlation between growth mindset and SMART goals so I like to link the two together.

## Teaching One Variable Equations Using Excel

Here is a great activity to teach one variable equations using Excel (Google Sheets, etc.). This is a great activity for 9th and 10th graders completing Algebra 1/Integrated math, or for 8th graders working on one variable equations. Why Use

In my first year of teaching, I had exactly two days to prepare to teach 9th-12th grade math and literature after having student taught in 1st grade. Halfway through the school year, a teacher was let go and I had

## 5 Tips to Support Research Writing in the Upper Grades

Research writing can be an overwhelming process for both students and teachers. We wanted to provide a few tips to help your students produce excellent research reports without causing you to lose your sanity. Here are our top 5 tips

## Short Story Pre-Writing and Brainstorm Activity

Writing a narrative short story isn’t easy. Many kids enjoy creative writing, but their structure ends up being all over the place, they don’t know how to create a problem, build suspense, develop an ending, etc. I wanted to create

## Character Interview – A Short Story Writing Activity

Not only did my 5th/6th/7th writing class enjoy this activity, it was a great way to get them thinking about their main character before they started writing their short stories. What You Will Need Character Interview and Character Brainstorming Sheets

## 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