Strengthen Mathematical Understanding in 4 Easy Steps

Feb 17th 2016

Mathematical understanding means that students understand the story problem and follow the problem-solving steps. Understanding story problems can be very challenging because it requires multi-step, higher-level thinking processes. Students are required to process several pieces of information before starting any […]

5 Tips to Survive Science Fair

Jan 31st 2016

The Science Fair usually brings a mix of emotions. Students love the hands-on learning but for teachers, the Science Fair can be nightmare. What project(s) should the class do? How can I organize students’ work samples? How do I involve parents?  Use […]

The Owl Has Landed…

May 4th 2015

‘OWL’ of our hard work has paid off! We are thrilled to announce the launch of our products at Really Good Stuff, a leading educational catalog company that sells high-quality, innovative teaching tools. Really Good Stuff discovered us and were […]

Teacher Appreciation Deals 2015

May 3rd 2015

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! To honor all of our fellow educators, we are having a 25% off sale off all of our digital downloads with coupon code 123teach. Get $10 off of a $50 purchase at Really Good Stuff, plus a summer coupon […]

The Life-Changing Moment of My Teaching Career

Apr 5th 2015

Before Spring Break, I announced to the class that there would be a big surprise when they returned. Some guessed it would be different seats, others said new name tags, but I had a much grander revelation in store. After […]

Create Your Own Magical Guided Reading Strategies Roost

Mar 17th 2015

Do you love our reading strategies animals but aren’t sure how to incorporate into your classroom theme? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! You don’t need to have an owl or woodland theme at all.  Create your own personalized […]

Whooo’s Hazel?

Mar 8th 2015

Hazel Hoot, an adorable green screech owl, is a struggling learner as she lacks the strategies needed to help her succeed. In our charming book, Hazel Meets the Reading Strategy Friends, Hazel stumbles upon a magical tree in the forest. […]

Informational Text is a Hoot!

Jan 11th 2015

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to incorporate additional informational text and shared research into my classroom so I created Owls Are A Hoot: An Informational Text Unit to meet these these needs in an engaging way. Before the […]

A New Year, A New Office

Jan 4th 2015

Designing a stylish workspace was our New Year’s Resolution as our original workspace was cluttered, dull and lacked the pizazz needed to channel creativity and promote productivity. Jen and I focused on 3 key components: color, organization and inspiration. Color: […]

Looking For A Last Minute Holiday Project?

Dec 15th 2014

                                            Looking for a last minute holiday art project? Check out these easy, adorable activities that require minimal prep […]

Olive the Other Reindeer to the Rescue!

Dec 13th 2014

  There are still a few more weeks until winter vacation, but Santa, stockings and sugar are the focus of children’s minds! Olive the Other Reindeer is coming to the rescue! Our adorable  Olive the Other Reindeer Unit will capture […]

Glitter 101: How to Survive Glitter in the Classroom

Nov 23rd 2014

For most, glitter evokes the holiday season, but for elementary teachers, just the thought makes their toes curl and sends shivers down their spines. Glitter is messy, time-consuming and ever-lasting (hence those few pesky sprinkles lingering around at the end […]

The Classroom Party Everyone Will Talk About

Oct 25th 2014

    Does the thought of a classroom party make you cringe? Recruiting parent volunteers, planning engaging activities, asking for donations, keeping students calm….it’s a lot to juggle. Here are 6 tips to create easy, stress-free parties that everyone will […]

It’s Fall Y’all! 50% Off Sale on EVERYTHING on Website!!!

Oct 15th 2014

    The holiday season is quickly coming upon us! To show our appreciation for your support we have marked every single product 50% off when you purchase directly from our website. Click here to check out our store! Hurry…sale […]

2014 Halloween Bash Blog Hop

Oct 10th 2014

Welcome to our 2014 Halloween Bash Blog Hop, hosted by Teaching 2 Step! To celebrate our first Blog Hop, we are having a HUGE 50% off sale on our products this week only until October 18 here! Halloween in in the […]

Does Anyone Hear Me? The Art of Active Listening

Aug 16th 2014

Does anyone hear me? Am I speaking English? Why aren’t my students listening to me? Do these questions run through your mind frequently? I found I was repeating myself over and over like a broken record and ready to bang […]

Flash Friday Freebie: Classroom Management Keys

Aug 15th 2014

It’s our Flash Friday Freebie! Download the free Golden Keys to Success Classroom Management Plan and purchase the accompanying Golden Keys to Success Lesson Plans to start your year off on a golden note. Do you every feel as if you are a glorified […]

Blast Off Back to School Sale!

Aug 3rd 2014

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. Let us alleviate some of your stress with our tried and true back to school resources […]

Master Meet the Teacher & Conquer Curriculum Night

Jul 22nd 2014

Just the mention of Meet the Teacher or Curriculum Night makes most teachers break out into a cold sweat. Why is this? We speak in front of people all day, every day, but the difference is their age. Children will […]

Back to School Organization 101

Jul 20th 2014

Does the sight of this classroom make you shudder?     Unfortunately for many teachers, this is reality during back to school season. As soon as we sign our contract, we become immediate hoarders, stock piling supplies purchased during those great […]

Keep Calm and Teach On

Jul 17th 2014

We’ve all had that dreadful teacher moment–the time when a student vomits all over you or your behaviorally-challenged student forgets his meds during a full moon. It’s that moment that sends shivers down your spine, makes you question your career […]

Vegas Baby!

Jul 13th 2014

We just wrapped up our first TeachersPayTeachers conference in Vegas and we had a blast! We learned so much, especially about Pinterest, data and marketing and we are so excited to apply it as soon as we get back.  All […]

Jennifer’s Summer Story

Jul 9th 2014

  Wow!  This summer is flying by so fast.  My boys attend a school with a modified year-round school schedule so that means that their first day of school is right around the corner on July 21st! Although I worked […]

Tina’s Summer Story

Jul 7th 2014

The Astute Hoot gals are always on the move in one way or another and this summer has been no different. I was lucky enough to take a trip of a lifetime with my husband Nick and dog Luna in […]

Maximize Summer Break, Minimize Back to School Stress

Jul 6th 2014

Summer is about enjoying the little pleasures of life…..sleeping in past 6, sipping coffee leisurely, eating lunch at a real restaurant (as compared to the teachers’ lounge), trading Common Core reading for romance novels. Summer is also the perfect time […]