My Classroom Library: The Reading Cove

Hello, my name is Nikki and I am a perfectionist 🙋. I give you permission to call me such a name because well… it’s true! It is my strength and my weakness wrapped up like a burrito. When it comes to my classroom library, I take pride in the work I put into it. I mean let’s be real, I spent more time setting up my book nook than any other area of my classroom. It’s not like I haven’t been collecting books and dreaming of my classroom since the age of 9 or anything. My vision for my classroom … Continue reading My Classroom Library: The Reading Cove

A Math Game Sure To Engage Even Your Most Reluctant Learners

What better way to learn math than through fun games! Technology is cool and all, and yes there are a ton of online resources at the tip of your fingers, but sometimes it’s fun to get away from devices and play a “good old fashioned” game on the floor! In my first years of teaching, my school required us to teach math for 90 minutes each day. Twenty of those minutes were strictly designated for students who needed intervention. Money and resources were not available to hire a math coach so we, the teachers, were in charge of providing RtI … Continue reading A Math Game Sure To Engage Even Your Most Reluctant Learners

How To Get Students Excited To Read

We all know that feeling that we get when we come across an activity or lesson we wished our teachers did when we were in elementary school. The one that changes our approach and perspective and is a total game changer in our own classroom. This is one of those activities!! I am talking about reading with flashlights. Many teachers refer to it as Flashlight Friday; reading to self with a handheld flashlight on a Friday. I thought it would be a fun activity to do every once in a while or even as a reward incentive. I took the … Continue reading How To Get Students Excited To Read

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

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

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…