Teaching

Test Prep Gallery Walk

Like any other teacher, testing day strikes fear into my heart. I worry about everything. Did my students really grasp the material, and enough so to prove it to me on the test? Did they sleep well and eat a good breakfast? Will the test give them anxiety and result in poor performance?  You’re probably…… Continue reading Test Prep Gallery Walk

Crafts · Teaching

DIY Christmas Sharpie Plates

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and it isn’t just because of the busy holiday season. We took a family cruise to the Caribbean, and were gone for the entirety of my Christmas break. Saying that this was the best vacation EVER is a complete understatement. If you’ve never gone to the Caribbean,…… Continue reading DIY Christmas Sharpie Plates

Teaching

Should You Give Homework Over Christmas Break? 

I have mixed feelings about giving homework over holiday breaks. It seems that only about half the class (or less) ever remembers to turn in their homework the day after a break, and rarely remember it the week following a break. Instead of assigning regular homework this Christmas, I decided to do things a little…… Continue reading Should You Give Homework Over Christmas Break? 

Teaching

How To Use Games with Language Arts

I love to use centers for my language arts instruction. Based on my current schedule, I can really only fit them in once a week. Instead of giving the kids worksheets or having them complete a workbook page, I try to incorporate fun, learning activities into our centers. I was browsing Pinterest (I know, I completely have…… Continue reading How To Use Games with Language Arts

Sensory Objects · Teaching

Busy Bars

Okay, guys. This bad boy right here is the reason I’ve been so sporadic about posting for the last year. I’ve been completing my 63 page  thesis (that’s right, sixty-three pages!!!) for my M.Ed degree in Curriculum and Instruction and have pretty much been MIA for the past year and a half while I went through the…… Continue reading Busy Bars

Teaching

Spelling Battleship

I’ve been so slow at posting lately, and I’m so sorry! I’ve been crazy busy with school starting back up and new programs being implemented at our elementary school, along with working on my thesis and wrapping up my masters program. More on my thesis and capstone project, an action research project taking place in…… Continue reading Spelling Battleship