Bridging The Worlds of Special Education and General Education

When I started college I felt confident in my decision to become an elementary teacher. There were the obvious signs of pretending to be a teacher to my siblings when I was growing up and being so inspired by my own teachers.  I remember my 3rd grade teacher giving me a hug almost every morning Read more about Bridging The Worlds of Special Education and General Education[…]

10 Ways To Find Sanity In Your Classroom

I wake up in the morning with my to-do list running through my mind. I’m thinking of lesson ideas as I get ready, writing a to-do list as I get breakfast, and continue the day with my mind multitasking as I check things off my list. I’ll be honest, I kind of thrive on this Read more about 10 Ways To Find Sanity In Your Classroom[…]

Getting Students To Care About Learning

I am currently working with a student that I have a difficult time understanding.  He always appears to be focused and working but doesn’t actually complete any work.  I started to meet with him to try and figure out why he wasn’t completing work.  He concluded that it depends on how hard the assignments are Read more about Getting Students To Care About Learning[…]

Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs For Teachers

Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is well known.  I’ve always looked at it with specific students in mind.  What is my role in their lives to help meet their needs?  How will they ever get past the bottom of the triangle?   Teachers give and give and give.  We want the best for our students!  If Read more about Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs For Teachers[…]

Bullying In Your Classroom

Bullying has become such a hot topic lately.  It has become so well used that it might actually be misused.  Students call lots of things bullying that, by definition, aren’t.  Let’s not get caught up on that though because at least light is being shown on this really important topic!  For the sake of this Read more about Bullying In Your Classroom[…]

For The Love Of Reading

Parents and teachers, I’m worried about the reading that is happening in our homes and in our classrooms.  I’m worried that the reading we are doing is teaching children that reading is a chore and not something to love!   The reason this worries me is that reading is the foundation of education.  How can Read more about For The Love Of Reading[…]

Life Skills In General Education

How do we teach life skills in General Education? Somewhere along the way I came to the conclusion that if I tell a student something, they should be able to do it.  Yet I don’t expect them to understand long division after quickly explaining it to them once.  That is unfair and terrible teaching!  Why Read more about Life Skills In General Education[…]

How To Start Differentiating

Differentiation in the classroom is tricky.  Once you get thinking about differentiation it can feel like there is no end.  How much do I individualize every lesson and activity?  How is it possible to have enough time to plan for differentiation?  There are so many needs in my classroom that it feels impossible to even Read more about How To Start Differentiating[…]

The Easiest Way To Create A Positive Classroom

There are endless debates about the most effective and appropriate form of classroom management.  Is it positive reinforcement, reward systems, negative reinforcement?  Some students barely need any reinforcement while others need consistent immediate feedback to get through a school day.  Teaching is tough!   One thing I have learned, no matter your view on classroom Read more about The Easiest Way To Create A Positive Classroom[…]

Student Goal Setting

How do we have students take ownership of their learning?  How do we get students to be more engaged learners?  How do we help them realize their progress, or lack thereof?   Student Goal Setting When I first heard about student’s setting their own goals, I was skeptical.  Initially, it just felt like one more Read more about Student Goal Setting[…]