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
This Valentine's Day Science Project is the perfect way to incorporate Science, Valentine's Day, a lab and lots of learning. The kids think your the "coolest teacher ever" because you just made a chemical reaction happen in class! We had so much fun exploring with these chemical reactions and the prep I made ahead of time was worth it after hearing the shouts and screaming in amazement. ... Read More about Valentine’s Day Science Fun
My favorite subject to teach is writing and opinion writing is probably the easiest to teach. Everyone has an opinion about something, even a 6 or 7 year old kid. Sometimes their opinions about subjects are pretty hilarious, you can really hear their parent's opinions on topics come out in the kids. Many teachers don't like teaching writing.. A lot of teachers shy away from writing because ... Read More about Opinion Writing
My son who is now 4 1/2 (the half is very important to him) was born with a hemangioma right smack dab in the middle of his forehead. When he was born it was a small faint red dot, but by the first week, it was pretty big, by the end of the first month it was huge. I wouldn't say that I was concerned too much, but I felt bad because I knew he would have a lifetime of bullying and people looking ... Read More about Hemangioma Surgery