September 11th is a tough topic in an elementary classroom, but I have always felt that it was imperative that I discuss it with my students. I know that some teachers feel that it is too negative or will scare the kids. I agree that this is a possibility. But students will hear about September 11th one way or another. They might hear about it from a friend on the playground, from a sibling or from an older student at lunch. What they hear may or may not even be accurate. What they hear may very well scare them or confuse them.  So I think that teachers have the very important (and tough) responsibility of making sure their students hear accurate facts. I also think, that if done correctly, we can send our students home with a sense of hope and pride. My lessons on September 11th are all about the heroes of the tragedy. Even with September 11th falling on a Sunday this year- I still feel that I have a responsibility to cover this sensitive topic! Here is a look at the ac...
I love centers. And so do my students. We do math and reading centers every day. Centers can be an incredibly valuable time in your classroom- or it can just be a time filler. If students are not producing quality independent work, then it is not a good use of time. Here are a few tips for improving the quality of student work in centers. Too often I see teachers rush into centers. They don't take nearly enough time showing students what they expect. Show students how you want the center to look. Show students where materials are stored. Show them how they should read the directions. And, most importantly, show them what a quality answer will look like. Show them where work should be turned in and what they should do if they finish early. Model how transitions will happen. Show students how to clean up their materials. It takes me a couple of weeks to properly train students to do centers independently. But the rest of the year, I don't have to worry about usin...
I absolutely LOVE clothes, but I am a terrible shopper! I want new clothes, but I am not too great at picking out clothes that look good on me and are comfortable. Back to school shopping is always a challenge for me. For this reason, I am super excited to have a stylist who sends pieces right to my house for me to try on!  I use a service called Stitch Fix . I filled out a survey about the clothes I like, put in my measurements and now my stylist- Brooke- sends about five pieces to me each month. I try the pieces on and keep the ones that I like the most. Any that I don't like, I put in the prepaid envelope that Brooke sends and throw it in the mail. It is super simple! I love getting new and trendy clothes every month without ever having to go to the mall. And it is so simple to just keep what I want and return the rest.  Since I am not much of a fashionista, Brooke sends me style cards that show different ways to wear the pieces that she send me. Click  HERE...
Yesterday I went live on Facebook to talk about how I keep my open house organized. You can watch the video replay here. Are you ready to make your open house paperless? Check out this tutorial. Click below to download my FREE open house signs. They are editable! ...