Creating a classroom schedule that fits in all of the curriculum, specials, pull outs, etc is like cracking the code to a government vault. It's nearly impossible to make it all work. The number one question that I receive from my teacher besties is, "How did you fit this all in?"  So I decided to show you my schedule. But first... Before I share my schedule, I feel like you need to agree to a few things... I know that every school, every district, every administrator  and every state is different. Plus, every class has very unique needs.  My schedule won't work for everyone.  Got it? Yes, I had a very unique start and end time.  Most students at my school were in classes with a traditional 8-3 type schedule. There were a few classes in each grade that had this alternative schedule. Parents loved having a choice. Plus, it allowed the school to fit more students in one classroom because they had an AM group and a PM group that shared the same clas...
I'm not trying to be a Debby Downer by talking about going back to school when you are dreaming about winter break. I personally like to have my plans ready for the first week back before leaving for break. This gives me more time to enjoy my break rather than stressing about my plans. Here are four super simple but very important things that you should include in your plans after winter break! I've included several of freebies! 1. Plan Down Time to Talk and Share When a family is apart from one another for a couple of weeks, they have lots to talk about the next time they are together!  Your students have missed their classroom family. They want to tell you what they got for Christmas or that funny thing that happened to their Uncle Frank. Just plan some time first thing in the morning to share stories. Your kids will love having the chance to share and it MIGHT help to get the chatting out now rather than later. I like to put my class in a circle and go a...
What do you do when you have students who don't celebrate the holidays? I almost didn't write this post because I know that it is a sensitive topic. I was a little afraid that I might upset people and get angry mail. But this conversation needs to be had. I have seen several Facebook posts where teachers are asking what to do if they have students who do not celebrate the holidays. Some of the responses are helpful and others just make me so sad. I have seen people say things like, "I'm going to celebrate Christmas in my classroom anyway because that one kid's beliefs aren't more important than my own. I'm not going to let him ruin it for everyone." 😳 They are right. The one student's beliefs are not MORE important than her's. But his beliefs are JUST AS important.  I personally believe that we need to love all of our classroom babies. That means I don't do things in my classroom that make a student feel disrespect...