I can't sugar coat this. I just can't. I am sorry if this offends you, but I have wanted to say it for so long. So here goes... I HATE worksheets. I don't just dislike worksheets. I literally hate them. I have no choice about using them in some cases. We are required to use the math worksheets that come with our math curriculum. I do everything I can to make them quick and engaging. That is about the only time you will find my students doing a worksheet.  I know that lots of teachers use worksheets for spiral review. I see teachers asking about worksheets with daily language or math problems that spiral through the standards. I have used them in the past too. #iamnotperfect  I am issuing a challenge. Ditch the spiral review worksheets. Hear me out.. Why ditch the spiral worksheets? Worksheets are boring.  A list of questions that students have to sit in their seats and answer just isn't fun! And what's worse? I was using ...
How tight would you hug me if I could help you to save lots of time prepping your teaching materials resources this year? What if I told you that I could save you time? #cantbreath My teaching buddies would often  make fun of  laugh at my craziness.  I have to fess up. I was the annoying teacher photocopying her Valentine's Day activities in December. I was the OCD teacher who had a label, binder or folder for EVERYTHING. I was the goofball who color-coded my lesson plans. Do you know someone like that? My friends might have gotten a good laugh out of this, but the truth is that my crazy organization usually saved me tons of time. I regularly left school at my contracted time and almost never came in on a weekend or break. I carried a tiny teacher bag because I didn't cart home papers and projects.  Home is for family time. So how dow did I do it? How did I meet the crazy demands of teaching and still prioritize my time with family? I am going to share the n...