Educate Yourself and Vote

I am praying for our nation.  We have a circus going on being sensationalized by the media.  While this is happening, in fourth grade, I teach my students about government.  They are exploring a basic understanding of how democracy works. They are learning about the three branches of government.  And we will explore rights and responsibilities of citizens.  These [...]

Teachers are Not Martyrs

Three weeks ago I made the difficult decision to leave my school and accept a 4th grade co-teaching position at another public school just blocks away. When I came back to teaching after a year in grad school, one thing that had changed for me was a deeper commitment to build community within and outside my [...]

Formative Assessment: A New Lesson Plan

Formative assessment is using purposeful observations and information about students to move their learning forward. It enables teachers and students to understand their learning and have meaningful dialogue.  This has been applied in classrooms through Kahoot! quizzes, exit tickets and quick thumbs up thumbs down activities.  Formative assessment, however, has more power when it is [...]

Why You Should Feel PUMPED About a New School Year

While parents are clamoring away, eager to get their children back into the whole school routine, many educators don't feel ready. On the other hand, this teacher feels super pumped about starting a new school year. Is she mad? Has she lost her mind? What's wrong with this woman? Well, my friends, I am crazy. Crazy excited [...]

What Every (New) Principal Needs to Know

For some principals, the 2016-2017 school year will be their first time taking the helm of a school. Yesterday, we asked a question from a new principal to  our 50,000 subscribers about what a new principal should NEVER do and here are the answers they gave: New principals should NEVER... talk data on the first day [...]