How to Guarantee Survival the Weeks Before Christmas Vacation

How to Guarantee Survival the Weeks Before Christmas Vacation

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Vacation can be daunting and overwhelming leading to a type of teacher tired that can only be explained by the image above. I have to say this is one of the most exhausting times of teaching. Right up there with back to school and the end of the year.

3 Genuine Reasons Why Teachers Should Speak Their Truth

3 Genuine Reasons Why Teachers Should Speak Their Truth

I am in several Facebook groups for teachers. It seems like every day there are the same issues from all over the country and beyond. Sadly, it is the same types of things. I hear how tired and stressed out teachers are every day. So it got me thinking, what are genuine reasons for encouraging teachers to speak their truth? When is it time to say we are too negative? What does all this mean for our kids?

How To Develop An Awe-Inspiring Moment for Readers

How To Develop An Awe-Inspiring Moment for Readers

There is a great deal of conversation around kids not reading. Many people say that electronics are pulling our kids away from reading. There have been studies by Common Sense Media that show kids reading books less and less. However, I am not sure that is true. Even if we did blame electronics or TV for that matter, we would see that most kids are reading screens more and more. Does the platform matter as much as the actual act of reading? Probably not. 

3 Surprising Reasons Back-to-School Decor Matters Big Time

3 Surprising Reasons Back-to-School Decor Matters Big Time

Getting your classroom ready for back-to-school can often feel like a daunting and overwhelming task. I mean you have back-to-school decor and decorations to figure out, open house, beginning of the year essentials and back-to-school printables to prepare and copy.  The list could go on and on! But you get my point. 

3 Terrific Whys To Do A Summer Makerspace STEM Challenge

3 Terrific Whys To Do A Summer Makerspace STEM Challenge

Summertime is filled with trips to the beach, playing outside, and using your imagination. But what do you do if all you are hearing from your kids is What can we do today? {One thing I will say is when did my generation and the following suddenly become the cruise director for our kids?! When I was little, the answer was going outside and don’t come back in until it is dark. And we drank from the hose!} Yes, I am guilty too. I felt the constant need to entertain my children. I’ll get off this soapbox! Just keep that in mind. ;)

My Heartbreaking Journey With An Empty Nest

My Heartbreaking Journey With An Empty Nest

Just last week, I said goodbye to my 18-year-old daughter. After 6 years of going to camp with our church every summer for a week, she was now going to be a camp counselor for that same camp she attended as a camper. She will be gone for 2 months. I realize this is not forever, but I know that it is just the beginning of the end