October 16, 2016

The Best Way to Do Center Rotations in the Classroom

The Best Way to Do Center Rotations in the Classroom… Center rotations have been one of my organizational projects. I’d tried so many different things to make it run smoothly, then finally found that one thing that worked for us and we’ve loved it for the past 5 years or so!   Our rotation time for reading >>>

October 9, 2016

How Math Centers Link to Mathematical Practices

How Math Centers Link to Mathematical Practices Teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills Play in the classroom is so important to learning. Centers feel like play, with the intention of practicing a learned concept over and over until it’s mastered. Centers are like our co-teachers in a sense; they help support the learning and >>>

October 2, 2016

Parent Teacher Conference Forms Hack with Mail Merge

Parent Teacher Conference Forms Hack with Mail Merge Here is a teacher hack I’ve been using for years: mail merge to insert student information into my school forms…like parent teacher conference forms! I love how easy it is and that I don’t need to copy and paste the same form over and over, nor do >>>

September 25, 2016

Teaching with the Blues: How to Cope with Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Teaching with the Blues How to Cope with Stress, Anxiety and Depression Anxiety and depression in the teaching profession isn’t something that is talked about openly. Teachers don’t want others to think that they don’t have control or to jump to the conclusion that teaching wasn’t cut out for them. Teachers wear so many hats >>>

September 17, 2016

The Switcheroo and Rainbow Number Line (Commutative Property)

We call it the “switcheroo” and use a “rainbow number line” when a+b=b+a. I’m sure purists would rather I call it the commutative property, though I don’t like to do that with first graders. Here is a video to show you a student sample of how we learned the commutative property with what I like >>>

September 10, 2016

Phonemic Awareness: Information, Resources and Freebies

Phonemic Awareness: Information, Resources and Freebies If you are like me, you may have just found out that you have a group of students who need more phonemic awareness support at the start of first grade. Here are some of the great links I found that have helped me educate myself and download resources (most >>>

September 5, 2016

What I Use to Organize Bullet Lesson Plans

What I Use to Organize Bullet Lesson Plans Disc bound are the binders I use. I’ve been using them for years and I can’t imagine ever using anything different. Even if I would need to use an electronic planner, I love using paper and pens, which my favorite are Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel >>>

September 3, 2016

Laying the Foundation in the First 2 Weeks of School

Laying the Foundation in the First 2 Weeks of School I was all ready with my classroom organized and my lesson plans. I put up our specials schedule and clock posters so that the students could just look to see the times and places we needed to be every day, all day.   The first week with >>>

August 27, 2016

Jumping Grades: What to Expect When Teaching One Extreme to the Next

    If I could go back to the summer before moving to first grade, what would I have wanted to tell myself? How would I prepare myself for a large jump from older students to primary students?   For the first 11 years, I taught middle school, enriched reading and technology.   When I >>>

August 20, 2016

Editable Specials Schedule Cards

  I’m so excited to share these cards with you (video originally shared on Facebook)! Many teachers at my school already use these and we have loved using them for at least 5 years. These schedule cards works best with primary grades and special education students. Students can use the picture clue to figure out >>>