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 >>>

August 17, 2016

5 Things Teachers Love to Hear

5 things teachers love to hear from Melissa Williams   There are so many things we teachers hear that make us jump for joy! From the sound of children gasping at a new wonder they just learned, to the announcement that the last bus is being loaded at the end of the day. Here are just a >>>

August 15, 2016

WBT’s 122 Amazing Games Chapters 7, 8, and 9 Book Talk

How does ASL (American Sign Language) help me teach math in a fun and engaging way? Oh, if you have difficulty teaching place value with tens and ones then keep reading. This is Pin-worthy! There are so many more WBT games to learn! Freebies too!     Chapter 7–Math Games (all free on Whole Brain >>>

August 13, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Grow Vocabulary

Did you know there are 20+ critical vocabulary words that primary students should know before moving on to 3rd grade? There was a time that I didn’t. If you teach primary students, teaching critical vocabulary is important for us to teach starting now. If you teach upper elementary, you’ll know why it’s important to grow vocabulary >>>

August 1, 2016

WBT’s 122 Amazing Games Chapter 5 Book Talk

Coach B (a.k.a Chris Biffle) wrote, “Every Whole Brain classroom is a writing lab.” This is the first sentence that starts Chapter 5 and I couldn’t wait to share it!   “Every Whole Brain classroom   is a writing lab.”–Coach B./Chris Biffle If there is talking, there can be a writing game, no matter the subject: >>>

July 25, 2016

WBT’s 122 Amazing Games Chapter 4 Book Talk

I love how Coach B has included so many variations of Class-Yes, Mirror-Words and Teach-Ok. I know that class will be more interesting this year with all these variations to flip to in this book! My favorite is Wiggly-Woggly, Teach! So funny! The purpose of this chapter is to learn variations that are fun and >>>

July 24, 2016

FREE Editable First Week of School Bulleted Checklist!

FREE Editable First Week of School Bulleted Checklist There was such an amazing response to my last blog post, that I wanted to share a freebie with you! It’s a checklist that is editable for the first week of school. You will need a program that will be able to open the file, which is >>>

July 21, 2016

Bullet Listing Lesson Plans for the First Week of School…to the Last!

Have you heard of bullet listing lesson planning? It saved my sanity, and now my team and I do plans together, during planning time, during the week…hence, I’m not planning by myself on Sunday night anymore! We actually planned our first week of school during the last week of school last year. How do we >>>

July 18, 2016

WBT’s 122 Amazing Games Chapter 3 Book Talk

Welcome to the chapter 3 link up for the Whole Brain Teaching 122 Amazing Games! book. If you didn’t get a chance to read the post for chapters 1 and 2, click here to go there now. I had quite an exciting week in Florida last week! I went to a 2-day teacher conference and >>>