The Imposter Syndrome: Life as a Special Education Teacher

Oct 21st 2017

NEWLY REVISED ULTIMATE SPECIAL EDUCATION SURVIVAL KIT! Today I had a rare moment: some peace and quiet at home and an opportunity to sit down and read a book.  As I was diving into Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg I […]

TpT Back to School Sale 2017

Jul 31st 2017

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. We are here to help! Our tried-and-true Back to School resources are guaranteed to help you work […]

Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet

Jul 30th 2017

Welcome to my second grade classroom, my home away from home.  Each year, I refine my classroom with special finds from Target and Hobby Lobby (my favorite!) to make it comfortable and inviting. I love to think outside of the […]

Master Meet the Teacher in 5 Easy Steps

Jul 18th 2017

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 […]

Teaching In Style: 5 Key Back to School Pieces

Jul 13th 2017

Back to School time is right around the corner and one of my favorite parts is picking out a few outfits for the first week of school. Here are 5 key pieces to start your year off with a bang: […]

Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet: Part 3

Jul 20th 2016

Yesterday as part of my blog series, Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet, I gave you a sneak peek into my second grade classroom with a focus on my math area. I use the district prescribed curricula along with our reading, […]

Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet: Part 2

Jul 19th 2016

Yesterday as part of my blog series, Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet, I gave you a sneak peek into my second grade classroom with a focus on my guided reading area. I use the district prescribed curricula along with our […]

Make Morning Meetings More Meaningful

Jun 28th 2016

The Morning Meeting should be the most meaningful 10 minutes of your day. Morning Meetings are at their best when they are the perfect blend of social, emotional, and academic activities. It is a time to reflect on yesterday’s success, set goals and […]

Build An Epic Classroom Culture

Aug 12th 2015

You know the horrible feeling when you walk into a room and you don’t recognize a single soul? Even worse, everyone else already knows each other, happily mingling together. Most adults shudder at the thought, yet as teachers, we fail […]

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 […]

Flash Friday FREEBIE

Aug 7th 2014

The first week of school is a time to focus on establishing procedures, explaining expectations and building classroom community. Infuse some fun into these lessons with our FLASH FRIDAY FREEBIE! Back to School Character Education Classroom Cooking Unit. First Day Jitter […]

Owl Themed Classrooms are a Hoot!

Jul 29th 2014

Clearly I love owls and my students do too! Here is a peek into my second grade classroom, my home away from home. Each year, I refine my classroom with special finds from Target and Hobby Lobby (my favorite!) to […]

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 […]

5 Easy Organization Hacks for Back to School

Jul 15th 2014

As veteran teachers, we know that Back to School often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress.  Combat the chaos of the classroom with these quick, easy, low cost tips! Stylish Storage Solution- The […]

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 […]

Letterman to the Rescue!

Sep 3rd 2013

Children love superheroes so what better way to engage them in writing than with a Friendly Letter Superhero? In this customizable unit, Letterman comes to visit each day, bringing a letter that teaches a specific friendly letter skill. He leaves […]

Discover The Reading Teacher Within You

Aug 29th 2013

Does the thought of reading groups make you shudder? Unfortunately for many teachers, the answer is yes. Teachers simply don’t have the necessary resources needed to meet the diverse academic needs of students. Available resources are usually old, outdated basal […]

Wise Tool of the Week: Book Cover Chair Pockets

Aug 22nd 2013

Do your students’ desks look like a bomb went off inside? If so, book covers are your answer! Purchase jumbo stretchable book covers from Target (in school supply section), simply turn one pocket inside out and slide on the back […]

Top 3 Tips to Break the Ice and Build Community

Aug 12th 2013

You know the horrible feeling when you walk into a room and you don’t recognize a single soul? Even worse, everyone else already knows each other, happily mingling together. Most adults shudder at the thought, yet as teachers, we fail […]

Best of Back to School Activities & Lessons

Aug 9th 2013

Planning back to school lessons is similar to cooking a gourmet meal—you need several elaborate ingredients, thorough instructions, specific materials and a great deal of time. Despite my best intentions, my back to school lessons, much like my gourmet meals, […]

Beat the Behavior Blues

Aug 5th 2013

Do you have the Behavior Blues? You know, the horrible knot you get in the pit of your stomach when you think about the “naughty” students in your class, the cold sweat when Johnny challenges you in front of the […]

The Costliest Mistake Teachers Can Make

Jul 28th 2013

With the implementation of Common Core standards and performance-based pay, teachers are under more pressure to perform than ever. Every minute must be devoted to instruction, causing teachers to cut any activity not directly aligned to standards. This intense pressure […]

Start Back to School Right – Avoid These Top 5 Missteps

Jul 23rd 2013

Back to School Night can seem so scary, even for veteran teachers. Possible scenarios might be running through your mind…parent heckles you, no one shows up, toddler screams during presentation, etc. Make Back to School Night your first step in […]