Olympic Relationships: The Importance of Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

Why did you become a teacher? What inspires you and makes you look forward to getting ready for school, day after day? Why do you push yourself to create interesting and motivating lessons? Why do we get first day jitters and work so hard for our classrooms to be welcoming on the first day of … Continue reading Olympic Relationships: The Importance of Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

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

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: … Continue reading 4 Simple Ways Kids Can Learn About Plants in the Classroom

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

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 … Continue reading 4 Simple Tips to Make Parent Teacher Conferences Less Stressful