Teacher Hack: DIY Folder

I have to give credit where credit is due. I’m sure this is not a new and innovative hack in any way but I want to give a shout out to my first year teacher “mom/closet buddy” (I’m sure you know who you are if you are reading this) who showed me this hack. Simple and easy so thank you for showing me! All you need is: – File Folders (comes in many colors) –Brads –3 Hole Puncher First, take a file folder and 3 hole punch the side of the folder. Make sure all the papers that you want … Continue reading Teacher Hack: DIY Folder

Someone is always watching

I am never the one to show weakness in any situation. I think it’s the competitive athlete in me. I persevere through pain and discouragement and turn to positivity for my coping mechanism. But sometimes not even I can avoid the overwhelming feeling that comes along with the profession of teaching. Circumstances pop up, mistakes happen, and we are human. Not everything in this life was meant to be a cake walk. Out of the many things I have learned in this crazy, rewarding, patience testing, outstanding profession that we call teaching is that someone is always watching. I am … Continue reading Someone is always watching

Rock Your Teacher Interview And Get The Job You Want!

I wouldn’t consider myself an expert in interviews, but let’s just say I’ve been through enough to know what to and what not to say in a teacher interview. During my senior year of college, I did everything I could to get the interview at the schools of my choice. I applied wherever I wanted and researched by butt off to see which schools would be compatible. I was very lucky to get an interview at most schools I applied to. My resume was apparently good enough that administrators wanted to see what I was all about. With as many … Continue reading Rock Your Teacher Interview And Get The Job You Want!

30 Interview Questions

Here are 30 interview questions that I have been asked over the years at interviews. I have recorded each in the hopes to help future teachers land their dream teaching job. They are in no particular order. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you know about RTI? Have you ever team taught and describe that experience? Tell us what you know about (insert state test). How will you prepare your class for (state test)? What’s the difference between classroom discipline and classroom management? Why do you want to teach at this school? What are three of your … Continue reading 30 Interview Questions

How to Integrate Positivity Within Your Classroom

I wouldn’t be where I am today without my positive mental attitude and my urge to always look on the bright side of every situation. In my opinion, this aspect of my personality is why I make a good teacher. Positivity is a work in progress though. You should never be satisfied with where you are and always strive to be better than what you were yesterday. Having a positive outlook on life, work, and daily activities, especially what goes on in your classroom, turns everyone’s attitude around. It not only encourages students to do their best but also allows … Continue reading How to Integrate Positivity Within Your Classroom

My Favorite Back to School Activities

The start of the school year has arrived! I wanted to share with you my favorite back to school activities that can be done on the first day or any day that first week. That first day/week can be tiring just because you are prepping for the new school year, learning all about your new students, and setting and explaining your classroom expectations and procedures. The beginning of the school year is the start of a wonderful opportunity to know your students and form a trusting relationship. What better way to start your school year than with some fun and … Continue reading My Favorite Back to School Activities

Classroom Transformation

I made a really hard decision a few weeks ago to pick up everything and move to a new town and take a new teaching position. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make because I loved my old school, my colleagues, the students, and the community. I was comfortable were I was at but I knew that I needed to make the choice for my changing life. I broke the news to my principal and started packing up the classroom I created into my own the past three years. It was hard not only because it was … Continue reading Classroom Transformation

Be That Person

As educators, we have the incredible capability to make an impact in the lives of our students. We sometimes don’t realize how big on an impact we can make. I saw this quote today and it reminded me of how I can make a difference in my classroom. Each student has a story, a background, and a reason for who they are. We all have the ability to motive, encourage, empower, and inspire students on a daily basis. What an amazing and powerful aspect of our careers that we are able to control! As we prepare for the upcoming school … Continue reading Be That Person

Rachel Hollis said it best…

I told myself at the beginning of this year that I wanted to create a teacher Instagram, a blog, and products to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers. I knew I needed to lay out a solid foundation and allow time to develop and create what I imagined in my head. Summer was the perfect time for me to get started on this goal of mine.  To tell you the truth, I never thought I could get started on such a big project but if you know me, once I set a goal I don’t give up until it is achieved. … Continue reading Rachel Hollis said it best…