Increasing a Positive Self Image through Writing

This year I have a group of sixth graders that lack the confidence to work independently. Many of them are scared to make a mistake and continually worry about what others think of them. I wanted to do something that would increase their self-esteem and make them feel good about themselves.

Five Ways to Increase Student Engagement in Social Studies

Increase student engagement in your social studies classroom

Are your students loving their social studies classroom or are they feeling that it is an extension of their ELA class? Are you wondering how to increase student engagement in the classroom so that your student cannot wait to come into your classroom and learn? Keep reading for ideas to incorporate all learning styles into your classroom.

How to Teach Chemical and Physical Changes to Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

How to teach a unit on chemical and physical changes to your upper elementary and middle school students

Are you frustrated with finding different ways to get your students to understand how matter changes? Instructing students on being able to identify the differences between chemical and physical changes can be frustrating for both the teacher and the student. When I first began teaching, this was a unit I dreaded. I felt intimidated in how to accurately teach this concept to my students and didn’t feel confident in myself. Flash forward ELEVEN YEARS and I can now say this is one of my favorite units to teach. I still find it challenging but I also feel like a rockstar when I know my students have grasped this difficult concept. I want you to have that same rockstar feeling so keep reading to learn some tips for this unit. 

Three Ways to Survive Teaching During the Holiday and Testing Season

It’s getting to be that time of year that every teacher dreads. The time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Students are all anxiously awaiting the winter holidays and are not thinking about school. Teachers are looking for a chance to relax and recharge. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do. We must fight the good fight and continue to teach. What are some of the best practices to keep our sanity while engaging the students? Check out these strategies that you can use in your own classroom to help. 

Easy Ways to Have a Productive Parent-Teacher Conference

Ways to have a successful parent teacher conference

Parent-teacher conferences seem to come up quickly each year. November appears to be the universal month to meet with parents and touch base with how their child is progressing in the classroom.

Budget Friendly and Easy Ways to Incorporate Hands on Learning in Science

How to make science fun by engaging students in learning about different topics of their interest

Science should be fun, interesting and engaging. Science needs to be more about reading a textbook and watching a Bill Nye movie. Science needs to involve as much hands-on learning as possible. Unfortunately, many teachers are thrown into the position of teaching science classes with little background knowledge, time to correctly incorporate the curriculum or funds to run it correctly.

How to Be an Organized Special Education Teacher

Keeping special ed program modifications, testing accommodations, and goals organized

Being an organized teacher can be challenging, being an organized special education teacher is next to impossible. In addition to the traditional paperwork that starts a school year, there are program modifications, testing accommodations, goals, and data, data, data. As a first, or tenth year teacher the amount of stuff to track can seem overwhelming, especially at the beginning of the year.
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