21 02, 2017

Why you need a Classroom Mission Statement

By | February 21st, 2017|Classroom Leadership, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Management|0 Comments

A mission statement. The best businesses use them to guide direction and lead to success. Our classrooms are definitely not businesses -- but I believe, like in business, that a classroom mission statement can lead us and our students toward a clear outcome, guided by a defined purpose. I’ve created a teaching philosophy before. I’ve [...]

21 02, 2017

Traveling Teacher: National Museum of African American History and Culture

By | February 21st, 2017|Adult Learning, Classroom Leadership, Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism|0 Comments

I was recently able to attend a conference earlier this February in the nation's capital, and the hottest ticket in town is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, or NMAAHC for short. In the span between its opening (September of 2016) and Valentine's Day, 2017, 1 million visitors have walked through the [...]

17 02, 2017

Teaching Money Concepts To Young Students

By | February 17th, 2017|Elementary Classrooms, Featured, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Kindergarten, Mathematics|0 Comments

The past few years I have become so much more conscientious about not only teaching basic money skills to my second graders, but also teaching the concept of money and saving. I have noticed that these concepts don’t seem to be taught much at home anymore. Sure it’s easy for me to implement a token [...]

16 02, 2017

Using Literature to Teach Math: Five Great Books to Use in Middle School

By | February 16th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, Middle School|0 Comments

I'm always trying to come up with different ways to teach math that will grab the interest of my students. If you've ever taught math or been taught math, you know there are some students that just don't like math, but love reading. So, what if you incorporate literature in math instruction? I've got five [...]

15 02, 2017

Sketch Notes in the Elementary Classroom

By | February 15th, 2017|Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies|0 Comments

So many things go beyond content in our classrooms.  Teachers model and teach habits of mind, character development, communication skills and study skills in their classrooms as they encourage creativity and provide opportunities for 21st century learning.  All this happens while teaching content and standards.  Finding a balance among all of this is close to [...]