Hello, teacher friends! One of my favourite books to use in the class is Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School. I LOVE Louis Sachar's writing and the original Sideways Stories is just SO fun and so funny! I swear, I still love all these silly stories as a grown ass woman. One of the… Continue reading Simple Ideas for Teaching Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Hey friends! Since the vast majority of you haven't met me in real life, you likely don't know how full-on crazy and nerdy I am for professional development. In fact, I am well aware that I am that person at work whom people either love or hate, and I fully understand why people hate me.… Continue reading Washroom Wisdom
I know, I know, there's never down time when you're a teacher! But hear me out, guys; I'm posting this during the COVID-19 pandemic and my district has instructed us to not overwhelm kids with too much work. Not only does not everyone have access to technology, many students are already afraid and anxious, looking… Continue reading 45+ Productive Things for Teachers to Do During “Down Time”
A few months ago, a co-worker of mine stumbled upon a Mini Office made by Kristen Vibas on Teachers Pay Teachers (my Heaven!). She forwarded it to me because she thought my students could benefit from it, and I am hugely grateful that she did! The office itself was created for English Language Learners, but… Continue reading Mini Office
Does anyone else use the PAX Good Behaviour Game in their classrooms? It comes from the PAXIS Institute and our school is one in our district which have begun using it on a trial basis. I will admit that I was skeptical at first as to how well it would work; but I've found it… Continue reading PAX Good Behaviour Game
The Winter makes me want to curl up in a blanket and eat stew and weep all day long. I am not a fan. However, I am a grown woman with a job and responsibilities, so instead of being a useless ball of sadness, I have my grade 4s make winter-themed crafts and it cheers me… Continue reading Grade 4 Art Class: Mittens!
Word walls were something that confounded me upon entering the realm of elementary school teachers; what was the big deal and why did every teacher have one? So I did some research and put up a, quite frankly, mediocre wall at best. It was a large sheet of paper on which we could add words… Continue reading The Value of Word Walls