Why You Should Use Themed Summer Reading Lists

Picture a warm summer day. The sun is shining brightly as the clouds drift across the ocean blue sky. A warm gentle breeze is threading itself through the trees and the screens of your back porch. You found the most comfortable chair, the one … Read More

Moving Beyond Traditional Summer Packets, Part 2

I personally believe that traditional summer packets are important to help students practice basic skills. However, I do believe that we need to add more options for students to explore other areas of the curriculum, so they can improve their critical thinking skills.

Moving Beyond Traditional Summer Packets, Part 1

…Just in the few years since I sent home that summer packet, the Common Core Curriculum has arrived and the push towards using technology has become greater. I started to wonder if there was a still a place for summer packets…

Store Product: Classroom Awards (Editable)

Just in time for the end of the school year: Classroom Awards (Editable)! These classroom awards are a great addition to your classroom management program. The package includes a Power Point 2011 file with five slides. Each slide has a yellow polka-dot background award template that you can … Read More

Small Classroom Issue: Downsizing After 21 Years

I ended my school year at this time after spending three days (one was our last contracted paid day) purging 21 years of papers, activities, and teacher resource books to fit into my new small classroom. I am sharing my journey of downsizing to help other colleagues who are having the same experience.