It is about this time of year that I start to feel a little run down and burnt out. I know that I need a burst of inspiration if I am going to be the educator that my students need (and make it to spring break). I love to read a teaching book when I need some inspiration. These are not necessarily books that tell you how to teach and they are definitely not text books. These books are easy reads that will get you pumped up to head back to your students! I am sharing several of my favorites. If you click on the book, you will be directed to Amazon where you can read even more about the book and the author. The Essential 55 If you have never read this book by Ron Clark, then you absolutely must put it on your reading list. This book includes 55 rules for helping students to be polite, successful and understand consequences. I started using many of these rules with my students and within a couple of weeks, colleagues and parents noticed the way my students were positively behaving! R...
Classroom Christmas parties can be tough! We want to have some holiday fun with our students, but we are exhausted! We are desperately trying to finish report cards, make parent holiday gifts, bake, shop, etc, etc. I actually love party planning and if this teaching thing doesn't end up working out- I may become a party planner! So I thought I would take away some of your stress by helping you to plan a fun and simple celebration for your students.  I love a party that has a theme! I have been giving you lots of different party theme ideas over the past several days. Today we are going to plan a holidays around the world party. After learning about the different ways that Christmas is celebrated around the word, my students love to incorporate these celebrations in our class party! I like to have some treats and crafts from a variety of counties. You can make each country into a station! I am going to share several ideas from four different countries. In Aus...
Classroom Christmas parties can be tough! We want to have some holiday fun with our students, but we are exhausted! We are desperately trying to finish report cards, make parent holiday gifts, bake, shop, etc, etc. I actually love party planning and if this teaching thing doesn't end up working out- I may become a party planner! So I thought I would take away some of your stress by helping you to plan a fun and simple celebration for your students.  I love a party that has a theme! I have been giving you lots of different party theme ideas over the past several days. Today we are going to plan a gingerbread man party! Having gingerbread cookies seems kind of obvious. I love to let the kids decorate their own cookie. This makes a fun treat and party activitiy! I love the way Hostess with the Mostess set up her cookie decorating table . The individual cups of frosting are genius! And using popsicle sticks instead of knives is a fantastic idea! These ginge...