• 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
  • The 10 Minute Tidy

    If you’ve ever looked at your desk or table at the end of a long day of teaching and wanted to hide, this is a great tip you can use every day! I learned…

    February 7, 2016
  • A Good Reminder

    My students keep their backpacks on the backs of their chairs. Some are neat with everything in their place. Planners are tucked in a pocket, snacks are zipped neatly into a pouch, and gloves…

    December 2, 2015