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Easy, Fast and Free: A Simple Approach to Integrating Flexible Seating in the Elementary Classroom

On Edutopia.com, Ira Socol describes a flexible classroom as an environment that give students a choice in what kind of learning space works best for them, and help them to work collaboratively, communicate, and engage in critical thinking. In my classroom, I provide different types of seating that my students can choose from. From a low table, to a standing table, wobbly seats to camping … Continue reading Easy, Fast and Free: A Simple Approach to Integrating Flexible Seating in the Elementary Classroom

Let’s Talk (About Mental Health and Children)

In the spirit of the Bell “Let’s Talk” campaign, I have decided to do just that. I know this is a long post, probably the longest I’ve written, but it is honest, true and heartfelt. I am writing this based on my own experience and those I have witnessed in my 13 years as an elementary school teacher. Thanks in advance to those of you … Continue reading Let’s Talk (About Mental Health and Children)

4 Simple Ways Kids Can Learn About Plants in the Classroom

I’m teaching science this year for the first time EVER! It is my thirteenth year teaching, and although I’ve taught many science concepts through language arts and math curriculum, I have never been the science subject teacher. Not only is it my first year, I am teaching it to two groups, in two different grades: fourth and fifth. I am PUMPED! I LOVE science. Understanding … Continue reading 4 Simple Ways Kids Can Learn About Plants in the Classroom

10 Money Saving Tips for an Eco Friendly Back to School

Back to School season is just around the corner, and as all teachers know, this means the wheels in our heads have been turning, thinking about classroom decor, organization and themes we want to use with our kiddos for the upcoming school year since the second week of summer holidays. Here are ten terrific tips to help your return to the classroom eco-friendly: 1. Use … Continue reading 10 Money Saving Tips for an Eco Friendly Back to School

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3 Important Things You Need to Know About Parent-Teacher Conferences

“Before we begin talking about my child, I have some questions about (…) and I would like to discuss something that is really bothering me about the way you do (…).” Uh-oh. This is where the heart palpitations, sweaty palms and eyelash tugging began. This is where I knew that the notes I’d prepared so carefully about this person’s child would not be addressed and … Continue reading 3 Important Things You Need to Know About Parent-Teacher Conferences

7 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Craft and Gift Ideas

  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, there are LOTS of ideas for crafts and gifts that can be made so that kids can show their love for their friends and family members. Being someone who tries to be as green as possible, I went on the hunt for gifts and decorations that students can make from recycled materials. I found many activities and crafts that … Continue reading 7 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Craft and Gift Ideas

4 Simple Tips to Make Parent Teacher Conferences Less Stressful

Parent teacher conferences are just around the corner. (For my school, they will be taking place this week.) Parent teacher conferences used to make me feel very anxious and stressed, because I didn’t know what to expect. These will be my 21st conferences and after many stressful conferences, I now look forward to getting together with my students’ families and exchanging ideas. Here are some … Continue reading 4 Simple Tips to Make Parent Teacher Conferences Less Stressful

Welcome to my classroom

Several factors influenced my classroom decor and layout decisions when I moved back to second grade this year.  I had to think about functionality, practicality and age-appropriateness.  I want for my students to be able to collaborate and help each other in their learning. I want for my students to learn to be organized and because of the experiences I’ve had, I do not believe this … Continue reading Welcome to my classroom

Simple Eco-friendly Field Trip Organizing

The school year has begun, and so has planning for field trips! In the past, when organizing a field trip, I would draft a consent form. I would include details about the trip and its purpose, as well as a section at the bottom that parents could cut and return to school (hopefully) in a ziplock back with the money required to pay for their … Continue reading Simple Eco-friendly Field Trip Organizing

Teaching Kids about Gardening

  This summer my daughter and I have started gardening together. We chose some plants together, we got her some gardening gloves and she used money from her piggy bank to buy herself her own gardening tools. This year she has learned that when seeds are combined with soil, water, sun and TLC they turn into sprouts and then into plants. She learned how to … Continue reading Teaching Kids about Gardening