hat are “Soft Skills” ? If you haven’t heard the phrase “soft skills” basically it means, how to you teach that stuff students aren’t assessed on in class. We used to call them social skills, manners, etc… Now it includes a bit more like how to handle a bully, and what to do in an
Classroom organization is one of those things that can really make you or break you this year. Too often teachers neglect to organize the most important aspect of our students’ experience in our classroom, our teaching. Every back to school season it is so easy to become a Pinterest and Facebook stalker of other people’s
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.