• Holiday Gift Ideas for Remote Teachers

    2020 has been quite the year, hasn’t it? Like many of you, I’ve been flip flopping between 100% remote teaching and 100% in person learning since August. Nobody can deny that none of this…

    November 23, 2020
  • Classroom Ideas for After Winter Break

    Ideas for After Winter Break

    Well, it’s been about 2 weeks of not knowing the day of the week and not putting on real pants unless absolutely necessary. But, winter break is almost over and we all have to…

    December 30, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Activities for Upper Elementary

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I love sharing it with my family and my students. Over the years, I’ve found or created a few Thanksgiving activities for upper elementary students that keep the learning…

    October 20, 2019
  • Make A Mini-Thesaurus

    As my classroom has transitioned to anchor charts created with students, I’ve found less need for all the fancy posters I’ve purchased over the years. Check out how we made a mini-thesaurus from an…

    October 20, 2018
  • How Problem of the Week Saved My Sanity

    I’d like to preface this blog post with a friendly reminder: I am NOT a morning person. I am a bleary-eyed, coffee-clutching, stumbling fool before about 9:00 am. Yet… MY SCHOOL STARTS AT 7:30.…

    July 24, 2018
  • Using Mentor Text to Introduce Genre

    Happy Friday, friends! I’m so glad that spring is finally here and the weather is slowly, but surely, improving in our corner of the world. Today I want to share with you a step…

    April 6, 2018
  • Easy Ways to Find Partners!

    I can’t believe that winter break is here already! This year is flying by, and I can definitely tell that it’s time for a break. My students are moody. Chatty. Cranky. AND sick of…

    December 27, 2017
  • Better Word Choice Using Pinduli

    Ah, beginning of the year writing samples. They are the best, aren’t they? {eye roll} It’s clear that most kids have not picked up a pencil all summer long, let alone written words, and…

    September 8, 2017