Incorporating the outdoors into your classroom can be a fun way for kids to learn, and this year it will prove to be especially important. Studies show that getting into nature has a calming effect on children, improves sensory skills, can increase attention spans, and gives children a sense of ... Read More about Incorporating the Outdoors into Classroom Instruction
Every year that I walk into a classroom, I have the same goal: build our class into warm, welcoming community that functions like a great, big extended family. The goal is to take 20 to 30 people who might not know each other, who might not have a single thing in common, and who might not always get ... Read More about Incorporating Classroom Traditions to Build Classroom Community
Collaboration is one of my favorite things about my Inspired by Upper Elementary Facebook group. It’s a safe place where upper elementary teachers can ask questions, share ideas, and collaborate with one another. If you haven’t visited, you should definitely check it out! Recently, a teacher ... Read More about The Pros and Cons of Departmentalization in Elementary Schools
When I student taught, I spent half a semester in 5th grade and half a semester in kindergarten. It was jarring moving between 5th grade and kindergarten, to say the least! When I got a job that spring, I was hired for a 3rd grade position... smack dab in the middle of what I'd been prepared for. ... Read More about Making the Leap: Moving from Primary to Upper Elementary
Before I even attempt to write this post, I want to be 1000% clear that I don't believe any teacher anywhere needs to work on schoolwork or preparations during the summer. However, I know that at some point in the middle of summer break, many teachers get an itch to start working on ... Read More about How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Teacher Edition
Hi there! I have had so much fun engaging with you all this week. Yesterday was my personal favorite... all of those GIFs you dropped in the comments on Facebook to describe how you were feeling about distance learning? Gold! Thank you for that. Today's giveaway is so much fun and ... Read More about Final Day of Teacher Appreciation Week!