Hi There! REAL TALK here. Last year was the year I thought I was going to leave teaching. It was rough. My school was deemed a low-performing school and we were required to have an extra hour of reading instruction. We did get paid for that extra hour HOWEVER, let me tell you it was hard. We only had 30 minutes of planning time four times per week and with the extra hour, the school day ended ... Read More about Leave Work at Work (Most of the Time..)
Are your students struggling to grasp the concept of multiplying fractions? Teaching your students how to multiply fractions with area models can help! With area models, students can visualize and understand the process of multiplying fractions in a whole new way. By using area models as a teaching tool, teachers can provide students with a clear and engaging visual representation of fraction ... Read More about How to Multiply Fractions with Area Models
I am ALWAYS looking for new and fun ways to help my students practice math fact fluency! Last year, we began doing Math Fact Relay Races. I listed the numbers 1-12 on the board and made 2 of them. In the center of the board, I wrote the operation and a number. To make my life even easier, I created a Google slide that I can just pull up and project on the board any time we ... Read More about Making Math Fact Practice FUN!
Is It Time to Get Rid of Homework? YES! I was on the homework struggle bus. Some students were completing it correctly, some were just writing something, and others were not doing anything at all. I noticed that the only students completing homework successfully were the ones who really didn't need the extra practice OR were getting a lot of support at home. Why Should You Get ... Read More about Should You Get Rid of Homework?
As usual it's been a very hectic start to the new school year! Come join me for a quick tour of my 4th grade classroom! After four years in 5th grade, I have been moved to 4th grade. This was not by choice but I am embracing my new grade level, new teammates, new students and enjoying it already! One of the biggest challenges of changing grade levels? MOVING! I ... Read More about Come Visit My 4th Grade Classroom!
Every teacher everywhere encounters the difficulty of classroom management and managing challenging behaviors in their classroom. And there is no one-size-fits-all strategy that works for every behavior you'll be faced with in your classroom. Every teacher needs a toolbox of strategies to manage behaviors and a few of my favorites has been proven to work in my own classroom. One of my most ... Read More about 4 Proven Classroom Management Strategies for a Well-Managed Classroom