Classroom Management, Holiday

Christmas In The Classroom

Sorry I have been kind of MIA. Life can get crazy! December is coming up. With that comes crazy Christmas fever and behavior. The elf on the shelf is wildly used to influence positive behaviors in and out of the classroom. Here is how I incorporate and use the elf in my classroom! This begins… Continue reading Christmas In The Classroom

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

Teacher Life

Girl Drama

I have a class that is majority girls. 16 girls and 9 boys. The drama this year has been CRAZY!! I swear every time I turn around, there is another problem that has arose between two of my girls. They are best friends and then out of nowhere they are sobbing over something one of… Continue reading Girl Drama

Classroom Stories, Teacher Life

Life Lessons That Fail

We are working on informative writing using text evidence. Reminder: I teach second grade. We read a story about penguins and were going to write what we learned about penguins. My class is known for copying text exactly from the text. Word for word. I told them about Plagiarism and that is was illegal. I told… Continue reading Life Lessons That Fail

Lesson Ideas

Read Across America Week Fun

I LOVE Read Across America Week. It might be my favorite week of the year! Here's a run down of our week. Monday: Cat in the Hat Day The class wore a hat and we read the Cat in the Hat story. We usually do a directed drawing on this day too. We didn't have… Continue reading Read Across America Week Fun

Classroom Management

Classroom Management

A lot of new teachers wonder what classroom management system to use and what is most effective. Honestly, it depends on your personality, I think. You've gotta find out what works for you and your kiddos. My first year, I changed management systems like it was going out of style. Once I found one that… Continue reading Classroom Management