Preventing the summer learning loss known as “The Summer Slide”, is a tremendous issue for teachers and schools. Personally, I hate sitting down with parents at beginning of the year conferences and informing them that their child has a lower reading level at the start of the year than they had at the end of the previous
Whether you are moving classrooms, or just packing up for the summer, end of the year clean up can be a stress-filled experience. The year always starts out so organized, but before you know it stuff just piles up. There are all those centers materials the kids didn’t quite put away correctly the first time.
A few years ago for Mother’s Day it seemed like every student brought home a marigold for their mom. In fact each of my 3 children brought home one too. While I love the marigolds, it seems a wasted learning opportunity if they plant the same things every year. That is why in my classroom we plant our
Classroom management, classroom environment, and classroom games are not something that I thought went together. I had once thought that only Mary Poppins could get children excited about cleaning. Then I met my mentor teacher, Lynn Price. She taught me the most amazing way to get children excited to clean the classroom at the end
The impact of standardized testing stress on students is enormous! The time of year is quickly approaching where students will be taking their dreaded standardized tests. Over the years I have witnessed students breaking down crying during their testing sessions. Some children have even become physically sick with worry over the results of their tests.
Successful teaching begins at home. Parents are a child’s first teachers, they know their children better than anyone else does, and they are every teacher’s strongest ally in educating their children. Parents want to be included in their child’s education, but are often unsure of what they should to do best help their children succeed.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I love the crisp air, hot spiced apple cider, scarecrows, pumpkins, and colors. Today I have assembled 10 of my favorite Autumn quotes, for you to enjoy. I’m off to grab a pumpkin spice coffee! Yum 🙂 [slideshowck id=2124] One of my favorite ways to encourage my
I must admit that I have a love-hate relationship with Word Walls. What’s not to love about how students can use the word walls to assist in writing, and practice reading high frequency words? Nothing! Except how much room they take up. I have one large bulletin board in my classroom for hanging my word wall
This may be the best kept secret on Google! Yesterday I was talking to 2 special education teacher friends of mine after a long day. Each of us has students who are great story tellers, but reluctant writers. We were discussing strategies for encouraging them to participate in Writers Workshop. I told them that I let students use the voice-to-text feature