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Germs Everywhere

Everyone told me, "You'll get so sick your first year teaching and after that, you won't get sick again." My first year teaching, I was rarely sick. I think I got a cold a couple times and that was it. I thought this year would be a walk in the park with my health. If… Continue reading Germs Everywhere

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Second Graders and Time

Second graders have NO real concept of time. Tell them you're keeping them in for half their recess, really hold them in for 2 minutes, they think its been an eternity. They don't have a strong understanding of time yet. We were learning about tornadoes a few weeks ago and a student asked if Tornadoes… Continue reading Second Graders and Time

Teacher Life

Flying By The Seat Of My Pants

"I make the moves up as I go.... I'm lightning on my feet." Taylor Swift I relate to those song lyrics on a deep level, especially in teaching. Sometimes, the lesson doesn't go as planned and I need a spur of the moment idea. Sometimes, my principal walks in for an unscheduled observation and I… Continue reading Flying By The Seat Of My Pants

Teacher Hack

Conference Hack

I am going to share with you my most brilliant conference hack. Here you go.   The week before conferences, tell your class they can earn a special party if they are extra good until whatever the day before conferences are. You really have to sell this part! Now, what party are they earning you… Continue reading Conference Hack

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Memories Of My Grandpa

Today we went to the cemetery to put flowers on the graves of my aunt, grandpa, grandma, and my aunt and uncle that died as babies. While we were there, I thought of the fun I had with my Grandpa. I want to share some of the memories I had with him. My grandma and… Continue reading Memories Of My Grandpa

Teacher Life

Making Babies

My class has a new obsession as of today. They like to fold their jackets into "babies." They looked like a swaddled baby, kinda. It isn't a big deal, why fight something they enjoy. It has been a great management tool too. "If you aren't quite, the baby has to go away." "Make sure you're… Continue reading Making Babies