• Addition Strategies

    Is it Sunday evening already? Maybe I am in some sort of denial. But I really feel like this weekend should be at least one more day. Regardless… Lately, my math instruction seems to…

    April 12, 2015
  • Building Classroom Community: Class Pledge

    Building a strong classroom community is the key to getting your school year off to a good start. Students are more likely to learn and grow in an environment that supports them and values…

    January 10, 2015
  • Every Now and Then…

    I have a very long commute. Sometimes it is terrible. But most times it just gives me time to decompress and listen to the radio. I think about the day that just happened and…

    February 9, 2014
  • Thanksgiving Activities for Upper Elementary

    When I taught third grade a few years ago, it was a pretty dire situation by the time we got to late November. Students were tired. Teacher was crabby. What were we going to…

    December 1, 2013
  • An Apple A Day

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! I love how the days are sunny, but the air is crisp and cool. I love everything pumpkin and apple. Even though I know winter is…

    October 14, 2013
  • I’m Lovin’ Math!!

    I don’t know too many elementary teachers who can say they LOVE teaching math, but I’m one of them! If you are a crazy math person like me, or many it’s not your favorite…

    July 10, 2013
  • An Anchor Chart Guest Post!

    Hey folks! Today I am super lucky and crazy excited to have Tina from Crofts’ Classroom guest posting for me…all about anchor charts! Check it out! Hey everyone! This is Tina from I am…

    July 3, 2013
  • Where Have You Been All My Life, planbook.com?

    Ok, seriously. Has the whole entire internet been keeping this gigantic secret from me this whole darn time? In, oh, I don’t know, about APRIL I saw a fleeting post about an online planbook.…

    June 25, 2013
  • Snow Day and Mentor Texts!

    Guess what? We actually did have a snow day today! It’s April-freakin-9th…yet I got to stay home all day today. “How much snow did you get?” I can hear you asking…so let me show…

    April 10, 2013
  • Quadrilateral Fun!

    This is one of my favorite activities for teaching quadrilaterals! I look forward to using it every year. I have used this activity (or one like it) to introduce quadrilaterals to my class and…

    April 7, 2013