The Year of What If? As the start of 2019 came and passed, I realized I wanted to really set some SMART goals to make this second semester much better than the last. Last semester felt like a great semester with some really big UPs and some pretty hard DOWNs. I knew that I had … Continue reading 2019 Motto: What If?
Wow! Has this year already rocked for us in the classroom! I can't even believe how many things we have accomplished and what is yet to come. We started the year off with so many wonderful activities the kids really enjoyed. Check out my "First Week's Trials and Successes" post here. We have been working … Continue reading What is next???
I have to admit, in the past I have always used that first day as a syllabus day. I try to incorporate some really fun icebreakers but for the most part it is a pretty boring day for all of us. This year, after reading Teach Like A Pirate and The Innovator’s Mindset, I decided … Continue reading FIRST WEEK’S TRIALS AND SUCCESSES
Dave Burgess shares a fantastic way to engage students while getting to know them in Teach Like A Pirate. As soon as I read it I knew I wanted to try it. I did have some hesitations: Will high school student’s buy in? What will be my expectations? How will I manage the classroom? I … Continue reading “Teach Like a Pirate’s” Play-Doh Activity
“Emotional Support And Encouragement” While I absolutely believe high school kids understand they cannot always see or know what is happening in other people’s lives, I don’t think it is their first thought as it is still a very abstract emotion for many of them. I think it can be difficult to remember, even … Continue reading AFFIRMATION in the Classroom
So I will be the first to admit that I have never really been "on the bus" when it comes to flexible seating. You might even say that I am pretty "old school" when it comes to seating in my classroom. I have always allowed freedom of choice to sit where they like initially then I use seating charts to help learn their names plus it would give another tool to management.
At the end of the school year last year I realized I really needed to up my game in order to reach my students in a more positive and effective way. After having baby #2 and being out for maternity leave then going through chronic ear infection with my little one, I just did not … Continue reading 12 Classroom Innovation Ideas for the School Teacher