I absolutely LOVE my job! Helping teachers to meet the needs of their students makes me giddy. When I can save you a little time, I get crazy excited. And every time one of your students uses a Not So Wimpy resource, I like to think that they are my student too.  I love to show my appreciation by creating free resources for you!  Did you know that I have dozens of free resources ? For real! Let's take a look at some of the math resources that you can grab for free! Free Problem Solving Notebook Do your students need some help with solving word problems? Click HERE to grab these free problem solving notebook activities. Free Addition and Subtraction Notebook Have you tried my math interactive notebooks? Click HERE to sign up for a free addition and subtraction notebook. Free Multiplication Games Do your students need practice with their multiplication facts? Click HERE to sign up for lots of fun and free multiplication games. Free Ge...
I'm not gonna sugar coat it. I have to be 100% honest. Here goes... I hated doing parent-teacher conferences. Yup. I used the H word. #sorrynotsorry It really has nothing to do with my kiddos or even the parents. It's just that I already have a million things to do. I am barely staying afloat. Having 25 meetings was just completely overwhelming.  Besides complete exhaustion, I struggled with balancing being sensitive and being honest when talking to parents. I only have 10-15 minutes. I couldn't spend all of that time telling parents how much I loved their child. I always felt like I had to get to the weaknesses and goals quick or we wouldn't have have time. Many parents don't like hearing about weaknesses.  I have had parents cry during conferences. I have had parents yell at me during conferences. I even had a parent threaten to sue me. No joke. I have learned a few things after having some bad experiences with conferences. I can't pro...
Games are such an effective tool for practicing skills in the classroom. Students are so engaged when playing games and we remember more of what we learn when we are having fun.  I worked hard to incorporate games into my classroom on a very regular basis. My students played vocabulary games on Fridays and they would play math fact games during math centers during the week. I want to share several of my students' favorite multiplication fact games! And the best part?  I am giving you all of the printables to play these games for FREE! Yippee!  Multiplication Games for Math Centers 1. Pop This game is great for a center. Students can play with with a small group or with a partner.  For this game, put math fact cards and pop cards into a container.  Students take turns pulling one card out of the container. If they pull a math fact card, they must solve for the fact.  If they answer correctly, they keep the card. If they are wrong, it goes back in the c...
Hey! Thanks for stopping by to check out the last post in my ELA block blog series! If you missed any of the other posts in the series, you can click on the links below. Part One:   Whole Group Reading Lesson Part Two:   Reading Centers Part Three:   Vocabulary Instruction Part Four: Teaching Grammar and Language Today, I want to talk about how I teach writing! I teach writing using a workshop model. Students have a mini lesson each day and the majority of the writing time is spent independently working on their own writing piece. I do not teach using writing prompts. Instead, I teach in units of study (personal narrative, informational, opinion). Students can choose their own writing topic within our current unit of study. Every unit contains mini lessons to help students learn to generate their own topics. Allowing them to choose their own writing topic gets them more excited and invested in the writing. Here is a look at our daily breakdown: Mini Le...