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!
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
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
Do you reach Sunday night or Monday morning feeling exhausted yet unproductive? Friday was two minutes ago, and you had so many things you wanted to do over the weekend. But the weekend ran away from you. There is a simple strategy to take back your weekend that involves three easy steps: Dream, Plan and Play. This… Read More How to Take Back Your Weekend in Three Easy Steps – Dream. Plan. Play.
Anger, despair, hopelessness and anxiety are some of the strong emotions that are recently expressed through social media, conversations at the cocktail party and the water cooler during the 15-minute break between meetings. Why? Is it because the Patriots prevailed as the Super Bowl champs for the fifth time? Or is it the endless snow… Read More Educate. Empower. Inspire.