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Scholastic Book Clubs in the Library

      Do you do Scholastic Book Clubs in your library? I did not do them last year. I did do them as a classroom teacher and was usually pretty discouraged because no one ever...

from Classroom Teacher to Specials Teacher….

I’ve been meaning to write this post for the entire last year–but as we can tell I haven’t blogged at all in the last year. I was too busy surviving my new roll...

I’m a NEW Librarian!

So wow! I’m now an Elementary Librarian aka Media Specialist (which I HATE to be called because I am not very “techy”) I was pretty excited to get this position...

Building Strong Parent Teacher Relationships…What I’ve Learned

A strong parent-teacher relationship can make your job a lot easier.  I was blessed to realize this when I worked as a teacher assistant in the Head Start program while I was...

A List of Love-Hate Relationships that only Teachers Understand

The other day I wrote a blog post stating the reasons I love AND hate giving my two toddlers a bath. It got me thinking humorously about the things I love and hate as a teacher....

Thanksgiving Classroom Party Ideas

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday to celebrate at school! Here is a collection of activities I’ve stolen, accumulated, and tried in my own classroom over the past few years to...

Parent-Teacher Conference…Do I Bring My Kid?

As a teacher I get asked this question a lot by friends who are parents. Recently, it was asked on a Facebook post and the comments were very conflicting. As an Early Childhood...

Tier 2 RTI Tips…Making RTI Work in your Classroom

I read an article on Education Week’s website that shared a study of 20,000 students in 13 different states who were undergoing the RTI process. The study did not show promising...

expectations…

Feeling  sorry for students. Well I said that one rather quick but this wouldn’t be a blog post if you don’t let me elaborate. I have to begin ten years ago when I was in...

Grading Writing in the Early Childhood Classroom

Grading is still a new thing I’m getting used to as a teacher. In preschool and kinder everything as evaluated based on observational measures and checklists. As a kindergarten...