Get the Training Several years ago, my 3rd grade team had the honor of piloting the Eureka curriculum (Engage NY). We did not receive any training on this program that year. We struggled. Honestly it felt like we were treading water all year and there were several times that we started taking in some water. It was tough. But we survived! We found as the year went on how helpful their strategies and lessons were for our students. Our school decided to adopt this program the following year and brought a trainer to our school. During that training we learned some important tips from the creators of this curriculum. We kept saying, "OMG! I wish I had known this last year! It makes so much more sense now!" So if your school can afford the official training, DO IT!  Here are some take-aways from our training: Speed When it comes to the concept development, do not follow the script word for word. The trainers had us practice giving the lesson to our peers. We co...
February is the shortest month of the year, but it is jam packed with fun learning opportunities for our students! Hold on tight, teacher friends! This is going to be a fun month.  I have gathered lots of ideas that will save you some time and keep your students engaged. Black History Month I love taking extra time during February to learn about influential black men and women from our history. Sadly, out history books just don't do black history justice and so I feel like it is my responsibility to make it happen. Books I love adding some extra read alouds in for Black History Month. It's a wonderful time to teach into civil rights, but also a great time to just share books with strong black characters. Click HERE to take a look at my favorites. Interactive Notebook My kiddos are crazy about interactive notebooks! They love the cutting and gluing. But I love them too! I feel like it's a sneaky way to squeeze in all kinds of han...
I am a lover of all holidays and Valentine's Day is no exception! Gifting is my love language and so I get excited to give my students a fun valentine. It makes me feel like a kid again! I made some fun and simple cards for you to give to your students. And the best part? They are FREE! #woot Click HERE to grab the FREE Valentine's Day cards. Enjoy and have a Not So Wimpy day! P.S. If you are looking for a fun (and super simple) Valentine's Day craft to make with your students, I highly recommend THIS paper bag book! It's so cute! ...