One thing I have learned so far in kindergarten is the importance of a calm down corner. A place where my students can go to be by themselves and get it together before rejoining the class! At this age children are learning how to handle and cope with different emotions and it is our job… Read More Calm Down Bottle Recipe
Hi Everyone! So, I have mentioned before that I recently made a switch from deaf education to regular education due to a lack of deaf education positions in my area, and at this point I am feeling pretty good about my decision! But I cannot say that is how I felt in the first few… Read More Surviving the First Weeks of Kindergarten – Tips & Tricks
As many of you have read, one of us made a switch from Deaf Education to Regular Education this year. That was me! And while I am over-the-moon excited to be teaching kindergarten, I am also a bit terrified! I am consistently reminded by friends and family to take things one step at a time.… Read More How I Structured My First Kindergarten Open House
I finally gained access to my first ever classroom this week! (SO exciting!) But I was met at the door by this ugly guy. I want to use them as mailbox cubbies, however I also want the children to be excited about their mailbox! This should be a place to store work, take home folders,… Read More Cheap and Easy Classroom Mailbox DIY Makeover!
When we decided on the name of “Teachers Today, Students Forever” for this blog; the inspiration stemmed from our shared desired to grow, learn and accept new challenges in life! With that being said we both have some fun and exciting changes in our future! A Quick Refresher of Where we Began: To backtrack just… Read More A Few Exciting Updates to our Meet The Teachers Page
While on vacation I stopped in the souvenir shop at the Library of Congress. I stumbled upon an adorable little book titled ‘What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World‘ by Taylor Mali. I had never heard of it but I instantly fell in love. It begins with Mali’s poem about What Teachers… Read More ‘What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World’ by Taylor Mali – An Inspiring Read for All Teachers
As the end of the school year gets closer and closer, I am feeling the anticipation of a large and harmonious sigh from teachers everywhere. However, in keeping with our mission of “teachers today, students forever” I find myself searching for strategies and opportunities to continue pushing, learning, and keeping my passion alive even though… Read More ‘Be Frank With Me’ by Julia Claiborne Johnson – A Great End of Year Read for Teachers
What are some of the first things we watch for when children are learning how to read? Some people may think “learning the alphabet” or “learning letter sounds”. Yes, teachers put a lot of emphasis here; however, various other skills are mastered prior to alphabetic knowledge. This reading pointer craft will help encourage and motivate… Read More Reading Pointer – A Simple Way to Build Motivation and Pre-Reading Skills for Early Readers.
I have always had a fascination for books so naturally libraries feel like a second home to me. I couldn’t think of a better way to roll out of this spring break than to jump into prepping for National Library Week!! There a million and one ways we could celebrate National Library Week. However, we… Read More Top 3 Ways to Celebrate National Library Week 2017 for any Grade Level!
Recently, I have seen more focus on yoga and meditation in early childhood and primary classrooms. Some people hear that and think it’s a joke – “my kid(s) can’t sit still that long?”, or “They don’t have the ability to calm themselves and control their body like that!” Does this sound absurd to you… Read More How to Use Yoga to Meet Gross Motor Standards & Explore New Concepts in the Classroom