I have a bit of a confession. During the 2016 election, I was teaching 4th grade. Even though government was one of our standards that year, I avoided teaching the election at all costs. I was worried. Worried about offending anyone, unintentionally sounding biased, or not knowing enough about the ... Read More about Teaching the Presidential Election
Most schools are in session now (whether virtually or in-person), and I know that year after year, the first thing that most teachers teach in math is place value! Whether or not your curriculum and standards are full of place value review, it is such a crucial skill to master when preparing for ... Read More about FREE Place Value Activity!
As most schools head back to in-person learning soon, I want to share several essentials for how I start my school year. We all know how very important it is to build strong relationships, routines, and procedures, which in turn set high expectations in the classroom. Here are three quick ways I ... Read More about My Three Must-Dos for Setting High Expectations in the Classroom
Teaching students the difference between literal and inferential thinking is one of my must-do lessons at the beginning of every single school year, no matter which elementary grade I'm teaching. I have talked about this so many times, but I wanted to put all of these inference anchor charts in ONE ... Read More about Teaching the Difference Between Literal and Inferential Observations
Back to School 2020 is sure to be one for the history books. Desks 6 feet apart, plexiglass dividers, classes split into 2 rotations, in-person and online classes. What is a teacher to do when it comes to building a family in a classroom unlike any they’ve been in before? Like most things this ... Read More about Ice Breakers and Team Building for Social Distancing or the Virtual Classroom
Morning Meeting. It isn't just for the primary kids! I was lucky enough to get my very first job at a school that very much believed in the power of Morning Meeting. We were given the Morning Meeting Book from Responsive Classroom (which I HIGHLY recommend) and then were given autonomy to run our ... Read More about Making Morning Meeting Work in your Upper Grades Classroom