Hi, I'm Molly!
I’m not a regular teacher, I’m a fun teacher.
You know that teacher who is quiet and keeps to herself, but she seems to have great classroom management (you wonder how does she do it?!) She gets to school early and stays late. You don’t hear from her much because she stays practically silent during professional development and staff meetings.
Yep, that’s not me!
I’m Molly, The Sassy Apple, and I don’t think anyone has ever described me as quiet. I’m not loud, per say. I am a talker. I certainly don’t keep to myself and I don’t stay late at school (sorry not sorry). I also don’t stay quiet about strategies and solutions for instruction and classroom management success! I have been sharing everything I’ve learned along the way on my blog and in professional development sessions with teachers in my district!
And, if I’m being totally honest, my classroom management at the beginning of my teaching career…well…it stank. See, I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a teacher from day 1. I loved the idea of teaching, I loved school, I loved all the subjects (I still do!). But I had NO clue what went into successfully managing a classroom full of 7 and 8-year olds. (Why was there not a class on this in college?)
I learned quickly that I needed to learn quickly how to keep students engaged and goal-driven to achieve academic success.
Back when I first started out as a substitute teacher, I felt powerless having to use the classroom materials left for me. This drove me to start creating my own resources. I began sharing those resources with other teachers I met. Those teachers and their students were loving what I was creating and I realized I needed to find a way to share those with you.
Now, I’ve been teaching for almost a decade—mostly in 2nd grade and recently, K-4 reading. I have a Master’s Degree in Reading and a Doctorate in Utilizing Games in the Classroom. Okay, so that second part is not a real thing but I am passionate about using games to engage students in learning.
You might be struggling to find what works for you in creating an inspired and well managed classroom. It starts with the right tools and resources that make teaching feel effortless and learning feel fun. Despite my current role as a Reading Specialist, I still adore teaching all the subjects (I seriously can’t pick just one) and creating meaningful learning materials that teachers and students love. I have learned many classroom management tips along the way that I can’t wait to tell you all about.
So get started reading one of my most popular blog posts and find a new tip or trick to get you on track to your most engaging teaching ever.
You’re teaching virtually. Using both synchronous or asynchronous (are you sick of those words yet?), there are proven instructional strategies and best practices to take into consideration while planning. Keeping students engaged in an online environment has it’s challenges. Here are 10 ways to keep students engaged online: Keep it Short Whether it’s a pre-recorded video lesson or you are teaching live on Zoom, Meets ect., keeping your direct instruction concise is key. A good rule of thumb is taking the student’s age x 2 = how many minutes they can sustain attention. Now, obviously, this varies and some