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.
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
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
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
What is Class Building? Many parents are unaware that most schools practice the art of “class building.” At the end of each school year, teachers and administrators all over the country meet in their respective schools to build classes for
There is a lot of information out there about working with kids with different learning styles and personalities. We learn about auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. We read about multiple intelligences and emotional IQ. We even learn about extroverted and
Each grade level has its perks – and its quirks. We’ve talked to some of the best teachers in the biz and compiled some great reasons about why teaching THEIR grade is the best. If you are scared to make
When I was in fourth grade, I had a nice enough teacher, Mrs. Adams. Every day after lunch, she would crack open an icy cold soda and place it on her desk. I would stare at it longingly. I was
What is a Looks Like/Sounds Like Chart? A“Looks Like, Sounds Like” anchor chart is a great way to discuss character traits or academic traits that you’d like to emphasize in your class. What Age/Grade Range is Appropriate for This Activity?
In recent years, teachers have begun to take their classroom decor to a whole new level. Perhaps the rise of Pinterest and the determination to have the “perfect-looking” classroom have played a role in this trend. But is classroom