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[…]

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[…]

Plan For Differentiation (and save time)

Differentiation can feel like the most time consuming part of planning.  It is much easier to plan one whole class lesson and expect everyone to learn versus planning small groups, changing materials, and so on.  Here is one way to take some of the time out of differentiation and make your teaching even more effective! Read more about Plan For Differentiation (and save time)[…]

Remember What You Pinned

I use Pinterest to find many of my teaching ideas and inspiration.  The problem is, after I’ve pinned something, I usually forget about it.  There are so many good ideas out there that it’s hard to stop pinning and just try them!  How do I remember the ones I want to use? Pinterest Inspiration organization In Read more about Remember What You Pinned[…]

Keeping Disabilities in Perspective

You can’t give someone who is blind back their sight.  No one ever asks you to.  However, as a teacher, it feels that we are asked to give students with ADHD back their organization, time management, impulse control, and attention.  In the classroom, this is frustrating for you and the student. What we need to Read more about Keeping Disabilities in Perspective[…]

Why I Quit Teaching

Should I quit teaching?   I struggled with this question for well over a year.  I could blame my decision to quit teaching entirely on my oldest child but that’s not the real reason.  I did have every intention of continuing to teach full-time when I became a mother.  Being a “stay at home mom” Read more about Why I Quit Teaching[…]

Creating Data Sheets For Your Classroom

Data, Data, Data Everything is driven by data now.  Teachers are asked to collect data on tests, reading skills, goals, and the list goes on.  Mostly, I like data.  I would get so frustrated in meetings where everyone was just sharing their opinion but didn’t have anything to back it up, not even student work! Read more about Creating Data Sheets For Your Classroom[…]

Yes/No Student Response Signs

In the classroom, we usually only hear one student response at a time.  It is nice to mix it up and get responses from each student at the same time! 5 ways to use whole class response in your lesson Do a quick informal assessment at the end of a lesson.  Come up with 5-10 Read more about Yes/No Student Response Signs[…]

How To Teach Students With ADHD

“She won’t sit still!  She is always forgetting to bring her homework back.  I write the assignments on the board but she won’t write them in her planner!  I remind her over and over about things but it never helps.  She won’t listen!” Yes.  Exactly.  That is ADHD in the classroom. A 4th grade teacher Read more about How To Teach Students With ADHD[…]

15 Strategies To Help Students Focus

I’ve used these strategies on a regular basis and they help with overall classroom management, behavior, and student’s engagement with the lesson.  As I was writing this post, I also read these two articles, Teaching Students with ADHD and Helping the Student with ADHD in the Classroom.  While these articles are ADHD specific, these strategies will help any Read more about 15 Strategies To Help Students Focus[…]