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Category: Tips & Strategies

Instructional strategies and tips for teachers for improving instruction, increasing engagement, and saving teachers time and energy.  This collection of tips and strategies are tried and true ideas.  I use technology to save time and energy and share how you can too. Included instructional strategies help you improve your standards-based instruction and increase student achievement.

Schools are Not the Problem

Schools are not the problem

This topic has long been heavy on my heart.  I’ve privately preached about my frustrations with our society’s, and our bureaucracy’s views on education in America.  This morning, I read this speech from U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos and it convinced me that I can, and should, do more than preach privately. A […]

2018 Printable Calendars

Last year I created my own monthly calendars and used them both at home and at school.  I had a lot of requests to share my 2018 Calendars with you all, so I’m sharing them here with you today along with some of the ideas for how I use them.  They’re black and white so […]

Guided Reading: Organization and Planning Tips

As a first and second grade teacher, my guided reading time is probably the most important and crucial time of my day.  It’s where the magic happens: where students become readers.  It also can be cumbersome and quickly dominate my planning time.  I’ve had up to 6 different reading groups at a time with levels […]

Welcoming New Teachers

Go teach!, formerly The Elmer’s Teacher Club, is an amazingly loud and incredibly proud new community created to inspire, empower, motivate and support educators like YOU! Join me and other teachers in this community by visiting the Go Teach! Facebook page. I have been the new teacher (or staff member) several times, and no matter what […]