Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High, Resources

Why You Should Incorporate Gratitude Writing in Your Class

Okay, I have to start this off honestly; I used to think gratitude was BS. Not in the way in which I wasn’t grateful for anything or didn’t recognize how many great things I had in my life, but instead in the recently more “woo” way in which people have “daily gratitude practices” or thank… Continue reading Why You Should Incorporate Gratitude Writing in Your Class

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, Junior High, Resources

6 Tips for Using Would You Rather Writing Prompts

A lot of my teacher friends often tell me that teaching writing is one of the things they struggle with most. I totally get this; it can be really difficult to teach kids how to be creative and improve their content. I find that kids also struggle significantly with the editing process - so often… Continue reading 6 Tips for Using Would You Rather Writing Prompts

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High

10 Easy Tips for How to Teach Students to Set Goals

As teachers, we all know the importance of setting goals. I hope you’re all setting them (and I assume if you’re the type of person perusing teaching blogs in your spare time, you’re also the type of person who sets goals). It can be harder to convince students of the importance of goal setting. I… Continue reading 10 Easy Tips for How to Teach Students to Set Goals

Classroom, Elementary, Resources

Simple Ideas for Teaching Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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

Classroom, school

Washroom Wisdom

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

Classroom

45+ Productive Things for Teachers to Do During “Down Time”

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”

Classroom, Elementary

Mini Office

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

Classroom, Elementary

PAX Good Behaviour Game

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

Art, Classroom, Elementary

Grade 4 Art Class: Mittens!

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!

Classroom, Elementary

The Value of Word Walls

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