Teaching how to tell time can be a welcome break from computation. But, depending on students’ background knowledge, navigating an analog clock can prove tricky for some. Here’s 9 essential steps for teaching telling time. Pre-assessment The most successful math units begin with pre-assessing. I find this especially helpful with
February is jam-packed with holidays and short on actual days. It can be hard to fit it all in–especially if you’re feeling low on energy. There are still plenty of effortless ways to have fun in your classroom this February. Planning fun activities does not have to be extra work.
Yawning, heads down, staring off into space. No, this isn’t just teachers in professional development. Our students struggle to stay engaged and attentive every single day. Sometimes it may feel like we have to do jumping jacks in a clown suit to keep their attention. And, even then, they will
The end of the day during dismissal was one of my least favorite times of the school day ever. I don’t know about your school but our dismissal time is 20ish minutes. Those 20 minutes feel more like 3 hours sometimes (especially on a Friday). Problem is, I’m totally worn out from the
Are you looking for some new books to read to your class when you return from winter break? These 5 stories are the perfect read alouds for the new year!
Recently, I had a friend reach out to me for help. She was concerned about her 2nd grader’s spelling. It got me thinking about what we need to consider when it comes to planning spelling routines and instruction in our classroom. Don’t feel like reading? Watch the video on this
Pumpkin spice, changing leaves, flannels, corn mazes, and math crafts? Fall fun is here and if you know me, you know I love a cute math craft. Making things “cutesy” gets a bad rap. But, things that are adorable can still be engaging and effective. Here are some great ideas
Back-to-school season is upon us! One of the best parts of planning the first week of school is deciding on which books to read. Today, I’m sharing all of my favorites with you! Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olson Why I love this book: Shannon, the teacher behind
Are you ready for THE BEST beginning of the year math game ever?! In this post, I’m going to teach you how to play Trash Can Math–a place value game! I learned this game two years ago when I was filling in for a teacher on maternity leave. We got
Obviously, destroying your classroom community is not on any teacher’s list of to-dos. But, there are some big mistakes that can have a negative impact on your classroom, your relationship with students and their relationship with one another. One of the biggest mindset shifts we need to overcome is not