Classroom, Elementary, Fun Stuff, school

13 Awesome Ideas for Class Body Breaks

Not only do kids need body breaks, so do we! I find the best way to get kids really invested in moving (especially when they start thinking they're too cool for awesome stuff like exercise) is to make it fun. I also always participate myself; if you don't, it makes it seem like only kids… Continue reading 13 Awesome Ideas for Class Body Breaks

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, school

10 Tips for Teaching a Split Grade Class

When I was still teaching in elementary, June and September always held a lot of stress for me. How many students are registered? How many will register over the summer? Do we have enough for straight grade classes? Is the universe on my side, or does it feel like throwing a stressful wrench into my… Continue reading 10 Tips for Teaching a Split Grade Class

Classroom, Elementary, Junior High, school

8 Tips to Set-Up Your Classroom with Different Teaching and Working Areas

If I was not a teacher, I think my dream job would be to design teacher classrooms. I swear, I could spend hours and hours at a time perusing Pinterest for different decor ideas, and I just love creating desginated spots in my own classroom for different activities. When you have designated areas in your… Continue reading 8 Tips to Set-Up Your Classroom with Different Teaching and Working Areas

Elementary, ell, High School, Junior High

10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners

Working with developing English language learners can be difficult. They often seem to be more competent than they actually are because their casual and functional English skills are higher than their academic skills. They can do quite a bit independently, and often they want to, but they still require a lot of extra supports. I’ve… Continue reading 10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners

Elementary, ell, High School, Junior High, school

6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Writing Skills

Building writing skills in English language learners is, thankfully, one of the easiest skills we can assign and assess. Writing is tangible and we can fit it easily into the majority of classes we teach. That being said, we also need to make sure that the tasks we’re asking our english language learners to complete… Continue reading 6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Writing Skills

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High, school

Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

I’m sure we’ve all had students who have had very high aspirations and want to do well, but when push comes to shove, they lack follow-through and/or don’t know where to begin. It’s really important in these instances to teach students how to effectively follow a plan. Perhaps these kiddos are very distracted, get anxious,… Continue reading Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

Book Club

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 2

Well friends, we've reached our second chapter in Carol Ann Tomlinson and Caroline Cunningham Eidson's Differentiation in Practice. The first chapter led us through a Language Arts ABC book unit. This chapter focuses on Science and a unit titled What Plants Need. This is nice for me because my fourth grade curriculum has a final… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 2

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

Book Club

KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 7

Chapter seven talks about with how to specifically deal with struggling students in classrooms. It offers good insight into how to create activities and programs which target improving the skills of these students without drawing attention to their difficulties in class. Thus, they won’t feel targeted and their classmates won’t suspect they are receiving different… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 7