Student behavior in the Spring always seems to get worse. It happens every year! I have a few theories: Winter was way too long!They have gotten really comfortable with their classmates and they feel they can be themselves more.They know what to expect each day.Classroom management has gotten too laxed.Teachers are starting to expect more out of students because it is well into the school ... Read More about 6 Reasons to Teach Character Education
What if I had animal teeth? Could I eat my morning cereal? Would I be able to brush them all? We have our teeth to help us eat and survive and animals have special teeth to help them survive. This Unit on "What if I had Animal Teeth" helps students to research various animal teeth and decide how that animal's teeth help them survive in their habitat. I love starting this unit off with the ... Read More about Animal Survival Project
Should I Quit Teaching? Who quits on the kids? But this is what I went to school for? My family needs the money? Its all I know what to do? These were the thoughts moving in my head the months and months of choosing to quit my teaching job. I am a good teacher. Sometimes I forget how good of a teacher I am. I enjoy it too. I love creating relationships with my students and getting to know them ... Read More about Why I Quit Teaching
What is contraction surgery? I wondered the same a few years ago and then started looking into it and loved what I saw. I was determined to make it happen for my students. But when you teach 1st grade (which I was in the first time I put this together), you need to wait until the students grasp a better idea of what a contraction is and how and when to use them. For my school, that meant ... Read More about What is Contraction Surgery?
Classroom Management can be a tricky area. Classroom dynamics can change things so much. Have you ever had that day when 4 kids were absent and the day just went smoother? Or "that kid" was absent and it was a whole new class? Unfortunately, some classroom dynamics we can't change, but there are some that we can. I had a very difficult class a few years ago. The boys fed off of each other, I ... Read More about Classroom Management Tips