Overworking ourselves has become normalized, but it is not needed. As a first year teacher, I heard the whispers about teachers who walked in and walked out at contract time. I saw teachers stroll out the doors with tote bags full of ungraded papers. Today, I see teachers framed as martyrs on television as they … Continue reading Implementing Self-Care and Boundaries as a Teacher
When most people think of virtual learning, it's not uncommon for images of boredom to come to mind. As educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're being thrust into the world of e-learning headfirst. It's a daunting world that may seem so different than in-person instruction for a lot of us, but I promise quality connections … Continue reading Building Relationships in the Virtual Classroom
Distance learning throws us a million curveballs a day, but having to find new resources shouldn't be one of them. Did you know you can use WORKSHEETS you already have? Making a PDF into an editable Google file is extremely easy. Step 1: Go to a free PDF converter. I like using this one (it's … Continue reading HOW TO: Make Any PDF an Editable Google Classroom Assessment
I wrote about the beginning Smilelove process here and my first impressions through Week 1. If you want details on the impression process, check out that blog. But Y'ALL, I am completely done with my invisible aligner process, and I think the before and after photos speak for themselves. I'm here to detail my honest … Continue reading My Complete Smilelove Journey
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Circle time isn't just for kindergarten anymore. My students start out each day in a large circle getting to know one another through discussions and activities. Does it take away from my ELA and Math instruction? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely. I attended a conference last February and decided last minute to go to a … Continue reading Morning Meeting: Creating a Community of Learners
My students beg for math stations. Seriously. And the best part? I am still able to sanely work with a small group and collect meaningful data from other stations! IT'S POSSIBLE. When I first began teaching fourth grade, I felt finding a meaningful student-led station system was difficult. A lot of the resources and blogs were geared towards lower … Continue reading Math Stations: My Four Round Approach