There are two facts about state testing: You have to take them and prepare your students. It does not have to be boring. When many people look at state testing I believe that they think of the big booklets with reading passages and questions that take up a ton of time and are not engaging for the kids. But I am here to tell you in order to get GREAT test scores you NEED to engage your kiddos in the test prep! I am going to share with you 5 different ways that you can ENGAGE your ... Read More about Top 5 Ways to Make Test Prep FUN!
Teaching is TOUGH. And sometimes life can be TOUGH. So, when life gets tough how do you still teach well? Let me start by saying when hard things happen in your real life teaching can be double hard. Sometimes it can be helpful to have that routine and those smiling faces every morning, but sometimes it can just be tough. My second year of teaching I found out that my grandma, who I was really close with, died. I found this out during my teaching day. I wanted to cry, run, and just sit ... Read More about When Life is Hard, but You Still Have to Teach
Holidays are MY JAM! Teaching a holiday is even more my jam! St. Patricks Day in the classroom can be SO.MUCH.FUN. even if you teach upper elementary. You can still challenge your kiddos while having a ridiculous amount of fun. READ FUN BOOKS Like any other holiday, the best way to get into it is with some good BOOKS! Click on the picture books below to head to the affiliate links! Also, check out my favorite read-aloud chapter books! St. Patrick's Day Reading Challenge- Find the ... Read More about St. Patrick’s Day in Upper Elementary
Reading is my FAVORITE subject to teach! I love watching kids fall in love with a good book and I love watching them understand a difficult text. When I sit down to plan my reading instruction I am typically planning it in three different ways: skill based, review based, or novel study! Today, I am going to break down exactly my thought process as I plan these types of weeks. Skill Based If I am teaching a NEW skill that week I will will break it down like this! Monday- Reading ... Read More about A Step by Step Guide to Planning Reading Instruction
Some years you just have chattier classrooms than normal! It happens! There are many different ways to manage a rather chatty classroom and they might be different than normal management techniques. I have researched and surveyed many teachers around the world and I want to share with you all the different types of advice that I received or found. Choose one tip that sounds doable to you! Try it out and if it doesn't work or runs out of steam, try a new one! Morning Work -The ... Read More about Chatty Classroom Management Tips