I was so sad when I realized I wasn’t going to be able to get a last day of school picture with my students this year. I have framed pictures of each class that I have taught and I have … Continue reading End of the Year Class Photo: Pandemic Style
Trying to figure out ways to connect with students even when you don’t get to see them everyday? Well, you came to the right place! Teachers know how important it is to continue making connections with students even when school is now at home. Remote learning should not put a hold on forming relationships with students, so here are 4 ways teachers can stay connected with students during remote learning. Google Forms: Google Forms can be used in a variety of ways and checking in with students is a simple way to collect responses and data. Teachers can create Google … Continue reading 4 Ways to Stay Connected With Students During Remote Learning
Teaching online during a pandemic is no easy task, especially when given little notice to turn every instructional plan into an online learning experience. Friday, March 13th, 2020, the Governor of Illinois closed all K-12 grade schools to prepare for the rapid outbreak of the COVID-19 virus that has been sweeping the world. Quickly, states began following suit by closing schools, restaurants, and stores to prevent the disease from spreading more. Teachers wasted very little time to jump into action to prepare what others called a “once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.” Myself included panicked at the news and wondering how we were going … Continue reading Learning Reinvented
Super soft, throwable, and oh…students talk through it! Say what?? Yes, I know, it sounds unusual but WOW! My classroom atmosphere changed drastically, student engagement has skyrocketed, and the overall dynamic of student involvement has increased. What in the world is making such a difference in my classroom you ask? I am talking about the Qball- the throwable microphone! From the moment I saw the Qball on Shark Tank one Sunday evening, I was sold! I never would have imagined the change my classroom would have experienced. I use the Qball to make class discussions less…well…boring! This microphone ball puts … Continue reading Amazingly Engaging Learning
“What in the world are math rotations?” I asked myself at the beginning of the school year. I recently discovered the wonders of MATH rotations from a colleague who implemented rotations within her math block. I never had the opportunity to organize my math time in this way and it intrigued me to learn what it was and how it worked. Now that I have fully learned and experienced math rotations, I am forever changed. Here is how I implement math rotations within my classroom. MATH is an acronym for: Math with technology At seat work Teacher time Hands on … Continue reading MATH Rotations In My Classroom
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
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
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!