A Teacher Requests Her Students Not To Be Tested

I have had the immense fortune of being able to be in front of children in many different capacities for 25 years.  It truly humbles me to know that for 25 years, parents have trusted my professionalism, training, care, creativity, and judgment when it comes to their children. My experiences include both regular/general education, and [...]

5 Ways to Use Emojis in the Classroom

I realized almost immediately that I wasn't getting through to my Kindergartners... again. I asked a class full of 5-year-olds to identify feeling words, and I got the same generic responses - happy, sad, mad. Year after year, I struggle with how to teach my primary students, especially my English Language Learners, to use precise [...]

Making it Interesting: 5 Easy Ways to Differentiate Processes

All students have different interests, and the fact remains that most students are not interested in worksheets about math, language arts, science, and social studies. Think back to when you were in school and the best lesson you've ever been taught by a teacher. What made that lesson stand out to you? Was it the [...]

By | April 14th, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Special Education|0 Comments

The Mental State of Teaching

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." - William James Is anyone else climbing into this boat and dropping anchor? I know I am. My life has been turned upside down since January with personal struggles, professional struggles and just day-to-day struggles that seem to be heavier than [...]

5 Strategies for Writing IEPs to Ensure Student Success

Spring Break is the long awaited oasis, the reason we survive as teachers from Christmas Break until summer. But if your district is like mine, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are due by the end of the year. We like to call this IEP Season. Unlike flu season, this part of the job cannot be avoided [...]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Special Education|0 Comments