• 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
  • Building Student Confidence In Math

    Every August, I take a poll in my 5th grade classroom. Everyone gets to vote for their favorite subject. Each year, hands wave for reading, science, writing and social studies. But, inevitably, math is…

    September 3, 2017
  • Labeling the Library: A First Day Activity

    One of the best things about 5th graders is their ability to adapt to a new situation and make it theirs in a heartbeat. AND I love using that to my advantage when it…

    August 22, 2017
  • Field Day Survival Guide

    I am not a huge fan of Field Day. There. I said it. I know I’m probably in the minority here, but it is not one of my favorite days. Yes, the kids have…

    May 14, 2017
  • Using Sorts to Improve Sentence Writing

    If you know me, you know that a good sort is one of my favorite instructional strategies. I actually think my grade level colleagues get sick of me saying, “Let’s use a sort to…

    March 7, 2017
  • Top Teacher Gifts

    Whether you are a teacher, parent, or student, Christmas can be a tough time of year when you are looking for that perfect gift. Here are a few fun ideas for that special teacher…

    November 27, 2016