How to Write a Syllabus

A well-designed syllabus is an essential tool for effectively managing a course. It gives students a clear understanding of your expectations and a road map for how the course will be conducted. When done right, a syllabus can prevent a lot of misunderstandings as the semester progresses. As a middle school teacher, I put together a simple…

dazzling dollar tree finds for teachers

Do you know what made me become a frequent Dollar Tree shopper? It was when I became a classroom teacher! I needed to get my room ready for my first year of full time teaching and I didn’t have much to go on for a budget. Stocking up on book bins, office supplies, and classroom…

11 Teacher-Tested Ways to Make Your Classroom Parents Adore You

How do you make your classroom parents adore you? One word: trust. When parents trust us, everything goes better. But how do you build that trust? Big and little gestures over the course of a school year can establish a strong relationship so that in the end, your classroom parents will be your biggest fans….

Teachers, You Must Send This Letter Home on the First Day of School!

wish I could take credit for this teaching gem that I am about to share with you. My sister (who started teaching five years before I did) shared this letter with me before my first year teaching. For the next 12 years, I made sure to send it home on the very first day of school….

Smooth Sailing Back to School Tips and Giveaway: Preparing for the New School Year

It is around this time every year that my classroom to-do list starts looking a little lot overwhelming.  I tried separating my lists into different categories like “Classroom Set Up” and “Academics” and “JUST GET IT DONE!” but I still felt like I had all of those things left on my to-do list, and I needed to…

Top Ten Classroom Finds for 2014

It has been an amazing school year so far!  Busy, busy, busy for sure, but every year I get to know some amazing young people who touch my life.  This year I have also come across some great products that have been a blessing in the classroom.   I just wanted to take a moment…

5 Things Teachers Should Prep BEFORE Summer Break

 wrote this post a couple of years ago, but I still think that this is some of the best end of year advice that I can give you! I decided it would be worth sharing again! Plus, the beginning made me laugh so hard! So here goes… I have three days left with students and…

10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

If you’re anything like me you simultaneously don’t want summer to ever end while also growing increasingly excited about the prospects of a fresh new year. But the reality is that the first day of school will be here before you know it, and when it comes, you want to be ready. So without further…