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)

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

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

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

Green School Project

We have finally done it. At school, we have finally launched our Green Project. There are so many components to the Green School Project, including fundraising projects and changing the school community’s habits that I think I just have to summarize what has been done so far and how that’s going. So far we have launched: Social Media We have launched a Facebook page to … Continue reading Green School Project

Communicating with Parents

In the last few years, I have tried different ways of getting in touch with parents. I have tried traditional means, using things such as calendars, weekly newsletters and messages in student agendas. Although these ways of communicating are efficient at getting news home, it is time consuming and uses a lot of paper. Anyone who knows me knows that I cringe at the thought … Continue reading Communicating with Parents