Tried and True Picture Books for Teaching

How do you choose the books you teach with and what deserves shelf space in your teaching library?

There are so many wonderful picture books coming out every year. It can be a bit overwhelming. However, we need to remember there are older books that are just as wonderful. Perhaps it's time to walk away from the next shiny thing for a minute and inventory/repurpose what we currently have. 

Teaching is tough. It's even tougher if you can't figure out what to wear every day or go to school not feeling great about how you look. It effects our mood which effect our teaching. You deserve to feel fabulous no matter what your body type. When you feel great, you will be confident and creative. Your students and their parents need you to project confidence and professionalism, even in how you dress.

Easy Summer Science "Field" Kit

Every summer when my lids were little, they would head outdoors and investigate nature. So one summer, I made them a “field kit” and notebook. Oh my goodness! Was this ever a hit in the neighborhood!

Teachers, this idea can easily be adapted for summer homework or classroom use.

Planning for Planning Time

One of the hardest things to get done within the bounds of a busy school week is lesson planning. We all know it is so essential to have well-planned lessons. But, making time for all of this can sometimes seem overwhelming. 

Do you wind up planning late on Friday or over your weekends? Been there. There is a better way!

How to Move Your Writers Forward [Exponentially]

One of my commitments to myself each year is to read both professionally and for pleasure on a regular basis. Don't get me wrong, I love to read. I just don't always have a lot of bandwidth left by the time I sit down with a book in the evening. [Translation: I'm falling asleep more than I'm reading.] That being the case, I have had to be creative to fit my reading time in. I keep a book with me most of the time. Whenever I have a few minutes of waiting time, I read. Some days I'm inching my way through my book and other days, I'm flying. [It beats falling asleep and rereading the same page over and over.]  😴

How Multi-tasking Killed My Productivity

This week I have been so exhausted [already], and I couldn't figure out why. I went to bed last night wondering what I was doing wrong. Then, it dawned on me. I was trying to do way too many things and accomplishing very little. Do you ever do that or is it just me?

My Heart Breaks Every Time...

I have to admit. I'm stressed. As I hear of yet another school shooting this week, I am also heartbroken. As a teacher who was just a few miles away when Columbine happened, it hits me hard every time another school shooting happens. It's hard to see an end to the tragedies. 

Gun reform alone is not enough. We are fighting for our kids hearts, minds and souls.