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
Surviving your first year teaching can be tough. Today I thought I would share with you a few things I wish I’d known when I was in my first year teaching. Teaching is a rewarding profession, but at times it can be extremely challenging. Over the years I have enjoyed the opportunity to mentor a few new teachers
Trial by fire, that seems to be a large part of our experience as teachers. We learn by our struggle to succeed with new challenges in the classroom. Education blogs for teachers should help us to overcome our struggles, but they should help us to do so much more. Encouragement in our teaching endeavors is
Inspiring college readiness isn’t always as easy as teaching the standards. It’s no secret that the Common Core Standards are designed to help students become “college ready” by the time the graduate high school. It is a beautiful ideal. A few years ago in my school we designated a couple days a month to be
On June 23, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led 125,000 marchers in Detroit’s Walk to Freedom. It was known as the largest civil right demonstration to that date. After the march Martin Luther King spoke to the crowds, delivering a precursor to his famous I have a Dream speech. America has come far in the
I am so Thankful for so many things. I am thankful that my 3 beautiful children are happy, healthy, and doing well in school. I always worry about what the school year will bring. Will they like their teachers? Will there be friends in their classes? Will they be both challenged and encouraged in their studies this year?