As a teacher, my number one reading goal is to help students develop a love for reading. I want to help my students find the book that they can't put down. I want them to be so engaged in books, that they can't wait for independent reading time!  One way that I get students excited about books and reading is through book raffles. A book raffle always leaves my kids excited and begging for more. There are three different types of book raffles that I use in the classroom... First to Read a New Book I love to add new books to our classroom library throughout the year. As I learn more about this specific group of students, I look for books that meet their interests. When I get a new book, I show the whole class. I read the summary on the back cover for them. Anyone who is interested in being the first to read the new book is given a raffle ticket. I draw a name and that person is given a specific length of time (determined by the length of the book, but usually...
Math is my very favorite subject to teach! I love that it lends itself so nicely to hands-on activities and games. There are so many ways that you can take a dry math curriculum and make it fun! These ideas are perfect for the classroom teacher or a homeschooler!  1. Integrate Technology I know that every classroom does not have access to technology, but so many do! Technology is also getting less expensive. I was able to purchase a small group of Kindle Fires for my classroom for a very reasonable price. Students used these devices as a math center. Some of their favorite websites were Xtra Math , Moby Max , and Zearn .  You can also use a site like Kahoot to make interactive class games and quizzes.  2. Interactive Notebooks I love using math interactive notebooks ! My students are able to practice important math skills in a way that is hands-on and engaging. The notebooks also serve as a reference throughout the year. Students take such pride in these notebooks.  ...
I recently asked teachers on my Facebook page what their biggest classroom challenge was. At least half of the teachers responded that their biggest challenge was dealing with talkative students. I want to share my tips and strategies for dealing with a talkative class. Let me start by saying, there is NOT a simple and immediate cure to the chatty class! There is not that one thing that you can do tomorrow that will instantly transform your classroom. If I am wrong, by all means, let me know!  That being said, I do think there are some things that you can do that will gradually change the chatty atmosphere in your classroom. Don't Teach Over Student Talking You deserve respect. You really do. When you just continue teaching while. students are talking, you are telling them that this behavior and disrespect are acceptable. On top of that, the students who are not talking and really want to hear your lesson are distracted and have trouble focusing. You aren&#...
The struggle is real. Teacher burnout is a reality. All over the country, teachers are tired, frustrated, stressed and leaving the profession. After only a few years, talented teachers are walking out. Don't let this be you! Yes, teaching is tough, but so are YOU! Whether you are a new teacher or a long-time teacher, I hope these tips will help you to love your job and decrease the stress. Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout 1. Don't compare yourself to every other teacher. Thanks to Pinterest and social media, it is difficult not to compare yourself to other teachers. But comparing yourself to others will quickly kill your joy for teaching. Just looking at beautiful classroom pictures does not tell the whole story. Just because they have an organized space, does not mean they have meaningful relationships with their students. Just because they took pictures of a fun and engaging activity, does not mean they don't have behavior management challenges. As teachers,...