Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High, school

Tips to Set-Up and Organize Your Physical Education Classes

I spent a few years teaching gym as the formal "gym teacher" as well as teaching my homeroom class their P.E. I have to admit, I first went into the role thinking it was going to be completely slack. I learned pretty quickly that I was sorely mistaken. Right away, I realized the amount of… Continue reading Tips to Set-Up and Organize Your Physical Education Classes

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

Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High

8 Tips for Teaching Reading Comprehension

Sometimes teaching kids reading comprehension can be a challenge for us because it seems so much less concrete than other skills. Students can write out how they’ve solved an equation, build a model, or write us an essay because they’re tangible. However, it can be difficult to assess comprehension because so much of it is… Continue reading 8 Tips for Teaching Reading Comprehension

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

Elementary, High School, Junior High

6 Tips for Writing Awesome and Stress-Free Report Cards

It seems like every term when progress reports come up, teachers go just a little bit loco and turn into hermits for a week or so. I used to be like this too in my first year or two of teaching. Then, I decided enough was enough and I wanted my life and sanity back.… Continue reading 6 Tips for Writing Awesome and Stress-Free Report Cards

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

Art, Curriculum, Elementary

Make Your Own Dinosaur!

I like to try my hardest to combine Art with what we're learning about in other subjects. It can sometimes be challenging, and other times not so much. Either way, the kids love making art, so integrating it with other subjects can really help them to remember certain important points. This time around was one… Continue reading Make Your Own Dinosaur!

Book Club, Curriculum, Elementary

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch.1

Hello everyone! We finished up Classrooms That Work a couple weeks back and I've been so sad without a book for book club! It's left a bit of a void in my life, so I've picked a new one! It's another from my school's old library and I think it's going to be a very… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch.1

Art, Elementary

Let’s Pretend It’s Spring

I am not a winter person. Every winter I forget just how cold and dark it is and how much I wait for (and countdown to) Spring. So today I'm going to post about a Spring craft I did last year with my kids to try to brighten my own mood, and maybe someone else's… Continue reading Let’s Pretend It’s Spring