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

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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

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

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

Classroom Stories

The Posters Continue

-sigh- If you haven't checked out this post, read it before reading this one. This post is a continuation of the previous post. Recap: Last year I had a child post another teachers class mission statement ALL over my classroom. Everywhere. I found multiple copies cleaning my room at the end of the year. A… Continue reading The Posters Continue

Classroom Stories

It’s Kind of a Funny Story…

This story takes the cake for the, now that I'm looking back on it, the funniest moment that happened this year. It definitely was NOT funny in the moment. One of my kiddos REALLY wanted to be in another teacher's class. She made sure to tell me this often. She wanted to be in his… Continue reading It’s Kind of a Funny Story…