When I think of my struggles and frustrations from my first few years in the classroom, many of it revolved around all of the materials and resources I was accumulating and where the heck it was all supposed to go. I tend to get behind and bogged down during the year and just throw things […]
Classroom calendars used to be commonplace in nearly every first grade classroom, and even a lot of second grade classrooms. As the push for standards accountability has grown, I’ve noticed fewer and fewer teachers implementing calendar in their classrooms because the “standards” don’t “dictate” it, or because they just are feeling the time crunch and […]
Every few years you get a group of kids that help you become a better teacher, and this year is that group for me. They need a lot of positive reinforcement and are high energy. My engagement strategy toolbox has increased as I’ve tried out new methods to keep them interested in our lessons and […]
Head on over to the Ellison blog to see how I gave my bulletin boards a different kind of feel using newspaper and the piece remaining from my die cuts.
This is my second year in third grade, and my first year in this classroom. I think as common in any new building and grade level, you are constantly reworking your organization systems to find what works best for you and for your physical space. After receiving some office supplies from Shoplet, and motivation from […]